Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Hollywood HongKong

Year: 2001
Director: Fruit Chan Gor
Cast: Zhou Xun, Glen Chin (Chan Ying-Ming), Wong Yau-Nam, Ho Sai-Man, Leung Sze-Ping, Tam Kit-Man, Wan Kam-Li, Hu Wei-Men, Koo Jun-La, Fong Wai-Hung, Ma Ma



An initially romantic, later absurd, and eventually moving tale from the Hong Kong slums. Three men fall for the charms of a pretty girl from a neighbouring luxury apartment building. Then the misery starts. This film is the second part of a three part series by Chan about prostitutes, after the more realistic Durian, Durian (screened last year in Rotterdam).

The film is set in one of Hong Kong's last slum districts. The Chu family, father with two sons, sells pork from a stall in the street. All three Chus are as fat as sumo wrestlers. In the same district lives a punk who overestimates himself, Wong Chikeung (18), with a young whore. Bordering on the slum district is a luxury apartment building: the Hollywood complex. In this building lives a beautiful young woman who calls herself Hunghung, but operates under different aliases. She regularly ventures into the slums to eat pork at the stall of the Chu family. First she seduces the punk, then the eldest son of father Chu and finally father Chu himself. From that moment on, Wong Chikeung and the Chus get threatening letters from a lawyer: if they don't pay large sums of money they will be charged with having sex with an underage girl (namely Hunghung, who now calls herself Tungtung). From this moment on, the director changes his tune. The light romantic tone of the film turns to absurdism and there are soon lumps of human meat on the pork stall. The film only regains its original tone during the moving ending.

22nd Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
• Nomination - Best Picture
• Nomination - Best Director (Fruit Chan Gor)
• Nomination - Best Screenplay (Fruit Chan Gor)
• Nomination - Best New Artist (Wong Yau-Nam)
• Nomination - Best Costume Design (Jesse Dai)
• Nomination - Best Original Film Score (Lam Wah-Cheun, Chu Hing-Cheung)
39th Annual Golden Horse Film Awards
• Winner - Best Director (Fruit Chan Gor)
• Winner - Best Makeup and Costume Design (Jesse Dai)
• Winner - Best Sound Effects (Liu Ka-Man)
• Nomination - Best Picture
• Nomination - Best Actor (Glen Chin)
• Nomination - Best Actress (Zhou Xun)
• Nomination - Best Supporting Actress (Hu Wei-Men)
• Nomination - Best Screenplay (Fruit Chan Gor)
• Nomination - Best New Performer (Wong Yau-Nam)
• Nomination - Best Cinematography (O Sing-Pui)
• Nomination - Best Editing (Tin Sap-Bak)
• Nomination - Best Art Direction (Oliver Wong)
• Nomination - Best Original Film Score (Lam Wah-Cheun, Chu Hing-Cheung)
• Nomination - Best Original Song ("Yut Gor Lai Ji Sam Ba For", performed by Zhou Xun)
9th Annual Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
• Best Screenplay (Fruit Chan Gor)
• Recommended Film

- Hollywood Hong Kong in lovehkfilm Reviewed by Kozo
- Hollywood Hong Kong in cinespot.com Reviewed by: Kantorates

- Click the link: eiga.dk poster , the fat family, Hollywood plaza , tungtung , Clen Chin

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