The Island

The Island

Dir: Leong Po-chih
Prod Co: D & B
Cast: John Sham, Tse Ching-yuen, Ronald Wong, Timothy Zao, Kitty Ngan
1985 | Colour | 35mm | Cantonese | Chi & Eng Subtitles | 93min

Among D & B's early works scripted collectively by its creative team, the film is set in an outlying island in Hong Kong best known for its topographic wonders. A geography teacher brings six students on an excursion, which then descends into bloody mayhem as they run into three savage brothers, the only inhabitants there. The abandoned island soon becomes a dungeon where the combat between the civilised and the barbaric unfolds. Is modern civilisation a means of pacification or just a fragile thing in front of violence? For the first time, Leong Po-chih moves his urban battles to the barren lands. The unfamiliar location easily stirs unease in the viewers, many still dreading seeing the horrible trio to this day.

Date Time Venue
13/8/2022 (Sat) # 2:30pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Lau Yam

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