Hong Kong 1941

Hong Kong 1941

Dir: Leong Po-chih
Scr: John Chan Koon-chung
Prod Co: D & B, Bo Ho
Cast: Chow Yun-fat, Alex Man, Cecilia Yip, Sek Kin, Kuk Fung
1984 | Colour | 35mm | Cantonese | Chi & Eng Subtitles | 101min

‘We played a little trick, deliberately not letting the two leads know about the ending. Both actors felt that the character who died would likely win the Best Actor award, so they were eager to die!'—John Chan Koon-chung

A study of resilience in the face of adversity, the film follows the love triangle between Kim-fei (Chow Yun-fat), Hak-keung (Alex Man), and Yuk-nam (Cecilia Yip), whose friendship, courage, and moral principles are put to the challenge during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. Will their values and virtues survive unsullied? The timeless romantic theme of sense and sensibility, as well as the conflict between desire and compromise, are here dramatised with skills and explored with subtlety. But wickedness equally pervades in the times of war. Not only condemning the brutal Japanese invasion and critiquing the impotent British colonial regime, the film also takes a long hard look at individual villainy—the greedy racketeers and the ruthless triad members. It depicts a panorama of human nature.

Date Time Venue
30/7/2022 (Sat) # 2:30pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Eric Tsang Siu-wang

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