Xianggang zhizao (Made in Hong Kong) (1997)
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an interesting teenage gangster flick that was fruit chan's debut, shot on film reel ends he had collected to save costs. amateur actors do a good job here, especially sam lee, who's since made a career in hong kong based films. he projects a dangerous charm and sense of humor in what could have been an unrelievedly grim watch
Hong Kong ganster film by first time director. Autumn Moon is a young debt-collecting low-level triad member in a city full of them. Half insensitive volatile youth, half thoughtful teenager he argues with his mother, protects his slow friend, hangs out with a neighbouring girl, threatens debtors with his gun and generally muddles along in that way that people do when they don't know where they're going but hope they get there someday anyway. It's a low budget film but it doesn't show, because there's so much freshness and life in it. HIghly recommended for those who like their teenage gangster films with a mix of tenderness and toughness.
Like Karwai Wong, Fruit Chan is influenced a lot by European art films. Some parts work, and some don't, but this is a very ambitious piece in terms of its style, casting, and theme, and I think Chan is the most important filmmaker of HongKong after the worldwide success of Wong. Like Tarantino, French New Wave of the 60s is the strong influence on this filmmaker, although its influence on Chan is more on film's socially controversial theme than on cinematic techniques. It describes lifestyle and thoughs of the young in Hong Kong today that they are less motivated to live and taken advantage of by adults. Mao's word - "tomorrow belongs to the young" - is ironically quoted in the film for several times. Chan tries to describes Hong Kong as the most modern and westernized part of China and what is happening over there. In addition, as the title "Made in Hong Kong" suggests, this film is an homage to good old Hong Kong gangster genre and ghost genre films.
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