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The Midnight After (2014)

Na yeh ling san, ngoh choh seung liu Wong Gok hoi mong Dai Bou dik hung Van (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi | 10 April 2014 (Hong Kong)
A night like any other in the streets of Hong Kong: in the midst of the tangle of night-owls, cars and vendors, a group of passengers climb aboard a minibus that is to take them from ... See full summary »

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Fruit Chan

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Fai-Hung Chan (screenplay by), Ho-Yan Kong (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Suet Lam ... Driver
Neva Wong Lam Neva Wong Lam ... Mahjong Player (as Nam Wong)
Cheuk-Ling Tin Cheuk-Ling Tin ... Mahjong Player (as Cheuk-ling Tin)
Kim-Fai Lam Kim-Fai Lam ... Mahjong Player
Simon Yam ... Fat
Tien You Chui ... Shun (as Tien-you Chui)
Tak-yin Szeto Tak-yin Szeto ... Minibus Driver
Sam Lee ... Blind Fai
Hoi-Yan Chan Hoi-Yan Chan ... Drug Dealer (as Eric Chan)
Goo-Bi GC ... Pat (as Wan-chi Cheuk)
Sheung-ching Lee ... Bobby
Wayne Si Wayne Si ... Hung (University Student)
Chi Zhang Chi Zhang ... Peter (University Student)
Russell Zhou Russell Zhou ... Tsing (University Student)
Sunday Yuen Sunday Yuen ... Dawg (University Student)
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A night like any other in the streets of Hong Kong: in the midst of the tangle of night-owls, cars and vendors, a group of passengers climb aboard a minibus that is to take them from Mongkok to Tai Po. The group is as diverse as the city: there's a young man on drugs, an arguing couple, a woman with prayer beads and a girl who has just fallen in love, and behind the wheel sits the chatty driver. As the bus emerges from a tunnel, everything is suddenly quite still: the streets and buildings are all empty and there's not a soul to be seen; it's as if everyone has suddenly been swallowed by the earth. Only the millions of neon lights continue to blink, as if nothing has happened. The eclectic group of passengers seek refuge in a deserted café and discuss what they should do. Then they make a horrific discovery. Written by Krimian

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The movie features David Bowie's song "Space Oddity". See more »

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Pat: Hong Kong doesn't do Sci-Fi.
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Midnight After Drunk
11 May 2015 | by j-penkairSee all my reviews

I found this ambivalent film most annoying. If I were from Hong Kong, would I have gotten any more messages than I did as a foreigner? The first blow to this film is that the director and screenwriter do not know how to translate some serialized web stories into a coherent film. Without a coherent story and theme, no believability is established. Disbelief is not suspended, and exposed throughout. If a message is to be delivered, they have lost their audience right after the first 30 minutes. The audience simply gives up caring. Characters, supposed to be rich and various, do not matter to them, even with so many background stories laid down. The second blow is a real bad mix of suspense and humour. I feel like watching an unstable storyteller who can't keep his or her pace. One minute there is a hope, then another minute, dashed. The third point is an absolutely unnecessary length of over two hours. Too long of a half-cooked film turns the audience against it. Dialogue and sub-stories should have been made concise, and helped the flow of the storytelling. I have a feeling that director Fruit Chan must have written or re-written the script as he went along. Otherwise it would not look like a film made by a drunk. Hong Kong films are usually with certain standards. Their low-graded films are usually not so low. But this film by Fruit Chan is a few notches lower than the usual. Not recommended.


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10 April 2014 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Na yeh ling san, ngo joa seung liu Wong Gok hoi wong dai bou dik hung Van See more »

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2.35 : 1
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