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High Noon

烈日當空 (Lit yat dong hung)
Hong Kong 2008. Dir: Heiward Mak. 100 min. 35mm

In Person: Heiward Mak

35mm PRINT | Heiward Mak’s harrowing and provocative directorial debut bears testimony to the saying: “The kindness of the gods is manifested in allowing young people to embark on life unprepared.” Shot on DVCAM and released when Mak was still in her early twenties, High Noon spins a web of vignettes around seven idle high school students (with names like Soy Sauce and Smoothie) about to take a major public exam. Clever, humorous, angry, and dangerous, this is Oshima’s Cruel Story of Youth (1960) for the “Me Generation.” “Adopts a touch of Wong Kar-wai’s trademark neon-smeared impressionism ... Young Mak is one to watch” (Rob Nelson, Variety). Print and screening courtesy of Mei Ah Entertainment Group Co., Ltd.

There will be a Q&A with Heiward Mak following the screening on Thursday, June 22 - 6:30pm

Heiward Mak will introduce the screening on Friday, June 23 - 6:30pm



"A remarkably perceptive film ... Reiterates every facet of local teenage life with none of the exploitation usually found in the genre."

Time Out | full review