Set during the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China, FOG tells the story of Wai, who suffers from a rare amnesia that wipes his memory entirely clean, as he attempts to ... See full summary »
Set during the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's reunification with China, FOG tells the story of Wai, who suffers from a rare amnesia that wipes his memory entirely clean, as he attempts to restart his life and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption. Written by
Drawn in by an intriguing trailer, this is a slow-burning and atmospheric work about a twenty-something trying to make sense of himself following a severe bout of amnesia. The best film-makers manage to create trailers that give you a flavour of their work whilst not giving too much away this isn't one of them. The film felt like an extended version of the trailer, with limited additional exposition, and a narrative arc largely ditched in favour of a mood-piece laden with long, languid shots. But on that level, it works very effectively.
Rather like the protagonist, the viewer is dropped into the story without knowing what has lead to his amnesiac condition. Indeed, we never find out, and the film ends even more abruptly than it begins. We follow Wai as he delicately tries to pick up the strands of his life, understand the person he was before, and right past wrongs in the hope of regaining a foothold. It's clearly a tough journey, and the main character has well and truly nailed the sense of being lost and adrift in his own head. 6/10
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