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Made in Hong Kong (1997)
"Heung Gong jai jo" (original title)

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Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Lee ...
To Chung-Chau, 'Moon'
Neiky Hui-Chi Yim ...
Lam Yuk-Ping, 'Ping'
Wenders Li ...
Ah-Lung, 'Sylvester' (as Wenbers Li Tung-Chuen)
Amy Tam Ka-Chuen ...
Hui Bo San, 'Susan'
Carol Lam Kit-Fong ...
Mrs. Lam, Ping's mother
Doris Yan-Wah Chow ...
Mrs. To, Moon's mother
Siu Chung ...
Ms. Lee, social worker
Tat-Yee Chan ...
Fat Chan
Wai-Chung Wu ...
Keung
Chan Sang ...
'Big Brother', Cheung Siu-Wing
Kelvin Chung ...
Doctor
Ah Ting ...
Moon's father
Jessica ...
Moon's father's current wife
Ah Wai ...
Assassin on skateboard
Ho B-Chai ...
Male student
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Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence.

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Director Fruit Chan struggled for years to direct his debut film, and could only do so by shooting the entire picture on bits and pieces of blank film that he had collected from the ends of reels. See more »

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Sam Lee cannot escape from Hong Kong
17 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Made in Hong Kong" tells the story of a young man (Sam Lee) who has dropped out of school and now works as a collector of debts for a loan shark. He falls in love with a girl but then finds out she has not long to live unless she gets a kidney transplant. His boss wants him to move "up" to murder someone.

There's quite a lot more to the plot and subplot, but it's better not to know the details. The script is very good. It moves ahead rapidly at the outset to show that Lee is a sympathetic, honest and intelligent character, and a young man who is alienated from ordinary society because of being a school dropout and because his opportunities are limited. The adults are into their own desires and Lee senses that he has to live in this hostile and limited environment. He's also prone to violence. Lee's attempts to do right by his retarded friend and by the girl he loves meet with serious obstacles.

The direction of the movie is energetic and artistic. There are numerous cinematic images showing the city as a kind of prison and Lee as a kind of prisoner. This is done by using the architectural posts, beams, railings, passageways, window frames, and even beaded curtains. The most freedom that Lee can find is ironically cavorting around with his friends in a big cemetery on a hillside. The director makes good use of different color schemes. You can feel the heat and humidity of the city and you can feel how cramped the space can be inside an apartment.

Sam Lee is outstanding, and he is said to have been an amateur. He carries the whole film. His part is very well-written.


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