Director: Fruit Chan (Hong Kong, 1997)
Certification: 15 | 1 h 49 min | Drama | Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Released to critical acclaim in 1997, the year of the Hong Kong handover, Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong was praised as an anarchic masterpiece, a powerful distillation of urban alienation and youthful despair.
Moon (Sam Lee) is a small-time triad, stuck in an endless cycle of pointless violence with no hope of escape. After he and his friends witness the suicide of a young girl, they embark on a journey to deliver two letters she had on her when she died.
Produced on a shoestring budget, with non-professional actors and using discarded film reels for stock, the film has been rescued from obscurity and fully restored in 4K for its 20th anniversary in 2017 and it have been distributed in the UK as part of Eureka! Video’s The Masters of Cinema Series. In 2022, Made in Hong Kong celebrates 25 years in a time of new challenges for the Hongkongese community.
★★★★★ “Made in Hong Kong was one of the bleakest examinations of the city’s prospects in the lead-up to the change of sovereignty” – South China Morning Post
With support from the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) awarding funds from The National Lottery.