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Made in Hong Kong

香港製造 (Heung Gong jai jo)
Hong Kong 1997. Dir: Fruit Chan. 109 min. DCP

The Hong Kong depicted in no-budget director Fruit Chan’s landmark film is rougher, and realer, than the Hong Kong of countryman John Woo’s higher-profile cinema. Made in Hong Kong chronicles the exploits of three lower-class teenagers looking to escape their dead-end lives. There are no seductive nightscapes or cathartic gun battles here, just menacing housing projects and a dirty harbour full of broken dreams. Shot on a miniscule budget using leftover film stock, Made in Hong Kong is a true independent film that channels the rebellious, resilient spirit of its namesake city. “Possibly Hong Kong’s most acclaimed indie feature ever ... A striking achievement” (Edmund Lee, Time Out).

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"Smart and accomplished ... Made in Hong Kong established Fruit Chan overnight as a director of substance and great promise."

Sight & Sound | full review