The Longest Summer

  • Dir: Fruit Chan

  • 1998, Cantonese, 128 mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Tony Ho, Sam Lee, Jo Kuk

Fruit Chan’s boldly realized and idiosyncratically comical exposition on dislocation and moral dissolution in the second installment of his handover trilogy. A group of Hong Kong ex-soldiers of the British army, left penniless and jobless when the Brits disband the defense force, is compelled to join the gangster to rob a bank. Feeling threatened and betrayed by a world that has abruptly changed, these middle-aged men also get into trouble with the alienated teenagers who see no tomorrow. Shot to look like docu-drama and integrating vivid documentary footage of the handover, the film captures a street authenticity and a mood of uncertainty and anxiety of a whole generation about changing times.

19/11/2017 (Sun): Symposium on “The Future of the Past” after screening with Nicolas Wackerbarth, Jane Yu, Ross Chen. Conducted in English.

 

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