Far East Film Festival 20

Udine Italy April 20th/ April 28th 2018
The Film Festival For Popular Asian Cinema
Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine
Friday, April 28, time 1.15 PM

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In this black-and-white dystopian short, a young Can­tonese-speaking man runs into trouble with authorities in a society where names are being replaced with num­bers, and Mandarin has become the official language. Arrested and restrained in an interrogation chair, he’s treated with utmost suspicion, and must give a bogus confession to get home again. Ren Xia’s quirky, ul­tra-stylised political work reflects a desire among Hong Kong youths to safeguard rights and freedoms.

A graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts who majored in directing, Ren Xia handled conti­nuity for Peter Chan’s American Dreams in China (2013) before working with director Fruit Chan as a scriptwriter and assistant director.


After a fall makes her less mobile, an old lady is encour­aged by her son to sell her flat and move to a new place with an elevator. She refuses to budge, and clings to the home, which holds memories of the decades she spent there with her husband. What’s more, she doesn’t want the place to go to disreputable property agents. Lam Chi-yu inspires appealing performances and creates a sense of place in this quiet drama, which reflects a disdain for shady property market practices, and highlights efforts to preserve memories of the city.

Lam Chi-yu is a graduate of the City University of Hong Kong’s School of Creative Media.


Nim Cheung (Joman Chiang) works at Bright Heart Sui­cide Prevention Hotline. She’s a top staff member, and talks a woman out of jumping in front of a train. Nim’s own life was turned upside-down when her daughter was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Her personal pain and her job become linked when her daughter’s devastated killer phones in. Strong material, plus a quality lead actress in Chiang (dubbed Hong Kong’s “queen of independent films”), make Ashley Cheung’s film especially effective.

(Ashley) Cheung Yin-kei is a philosophy graduate from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her work as a screenwriter has included the feature film Vampire Clean­up Department (2017, screened at FEFF) and Radio Tele­vision Hong Kong TV drama episodes.


Classmates Lily and Joyce – one poor and the other well off – come together through petty crime in this school-days drama. First, rich girl Lily helps Joyce steal a phone, then she teaches her how to shoplift. Becom­ing more brazen, they turn to pickpocketing, until one night Lily is caught in an incident that could damage their relationship. Feibi Wong shows a flair for popular cinema in this short, which comes with engaging per­formances and attractive production values, including a bouncy score.

(Feibi) Wong Fong-yi graduated from the School of Cre­ative Media at the City University of Hong Kong.
Tim Youngs
Film director: 
Ashley Cheung Yin-kei - Lam Chi-yu - Ren Xia - Feibi Wong Fong-yi
Year: 
2017
Running time: 
84

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