Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong

Esther M. K. Cheung

Fruit Chan’s Made in Hong Kong

Esther M. K. Cheung

Distributed for Hong Kong University Press

196 pages | 25 b&w illus. | 5.5 x 7.5
Paperback $25.00 ISBN: 9789622099777 Published July 2009 AAUKEU - ALL AMERICAS & UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE
This tragic coming-of-age story follows three disillusioned local youths struggling to navigate Hong Kong public housing projects and late adolescence amid violent crime, gang pressure, and broken homes. Their personal friendships and family lives intersect with a mysterious fourth protagonist, a girl whose suicide haunts the other three throughout the film as they move toward their own premature ends. This 1997 film was the first in Chan’s acclaimed “handover trilogy.” Shot on a very low budget, utilizing excess film stock, amateur actors, and a crew of five, it marked the beginning of Chan’s career as an independent film director.
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