Plot or synopsis One of Hong Kong's most acclaimed authors, Liu Yi-chang has influenced a generation of Hong Kong artists that includes director Wong Kar Wai. Dubbed the first stream of consciousness style novel in Chinese literature, Liu's landmark 1962 novel The Drunkard has finally made into a film by veteran cultural figure Freddie Wong. In his directorial debut, Wong offers a surprisingly authentic recreation of 1960s Hong Kong that serves as the setting for his mesmerizing vision of Liu's masterpiece. John Chang (Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day) delivers a brilliant performance as a talented writer who goes on a path of self-destruction filled with alcohol and women. Alongside the veteran actor is Hong Kong indie queen Joman Chiang, who turns in the highlight of her career with a daring dual-role performance.
Lau (John Chang) may love to indulge in a bit of alcohol and womanizing, but he's also a serious writer who's respected by his colleagues in the cultural world. However, his work is getting less and less respect from his commercial-minded editor, who forces Lau to write action-filled wuxia serials and erotic stories. After an attempt at a tasteful, cultural magazine fails, Lau succumbs to the commercial reality and writes practically anything to survive. Haunted by his memories of World War II and his professional failures, Lau falls even deeper into his addiction of drink and woman (YesAsia)
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