2018, Oliver Chan, Hong Kong, 115 min.
With Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Crisel Consunji
- Mon, May 13th 8:00pm
“Charms with winning performances.”—Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
“Strong local flavor makes this a real Hong Kong treat…Wong’s presence is formidable.”
—Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
Reminiscent of the French hit INTOUCHABLES in theme, this comedy-drama following the evolving relationship of a curmudgeonly disabled construction worker with his newly-hired Filipina caregiver is both heartrending and uplifting in the best tradition of Hong Kong cinema. Wong, known for his long string of belligerent bad-boy roles in films including THE HEROIC TRIO and INFERNAL AFFAIRS, delivers an exceptionally nuanced performance as Leung: confined to a wheelchair, divorced, estranged from his family, and mad at the world. Twenty-something Evelyn (Consunji), fleeing an abusive marriage back home, becomes more than a drudge and scapegoat for Leung’s frustration when an inadvertent confidence opens the door to her employer’s interest and compassion. A rare friendship grows across class and language barriers, becoming the catalyst for a new way of life for them both. Presented in collaboration with Asian Pop-up Cinema. In Cantonese and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
Director Oliver Chan and actor Crisel Consunji are scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Jenny Lee, Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.