2010 | Cantonese | 35mm | Color | 95min | Chinese Subtitle
Director: Pang Ho-cheng．Scriptwriter: Pang Ho-cheung, Heiward Mak． Cinematographer: Jason Kwan．Editor: Wenders Li．Art Director: Man Lim-chung, Leung Sze-wan．Costume: Man Lim-chung, Chung Cho-ting．Music: Alan Wong, Janet Yung．Sound: Tu Du-Chih
Cast: Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yue, Cheung Tat-ming, Miao Felin
Producer: Subi Liang, Pang Ho-cheung．Production: Making Film．World Sales: Media Asia Distribution
Hong Kong’s indoor smoking ban brings together two prototypical singles in Pang Ho-cheung’s acerbic romcom. She sells cosmetics, he is an ad man, and they meet outdoors with other smokers to puff away and spew venom about their lives. These are “Me Generation” characters: mean, opportunistic, and smugly addicted to commercial culture. But perhaps that’s why we end up enjoying them so. Pang’s romantic comedy is the rare one that captures reality.
Date: 14/4 (Friday)
Venue: HK City Hall Theatre
Free admission for all screenings. Tickets are available to public on-site 30 minutes prior to each screening on a first-come, first served basis. Limit to one ticket per person.
Personality is closely related to one’s upbringing, and artistic creations are a reflection of the soil on which its creator stands and the city in which he lives. Although I’m not a smoker, I was surprised to see my friend greet almost every single woman walking into the lift lobby when I visited him at his office. Since smoking was banned indoors, strangers from nearby buildings started hanging out in back alleys and befriending each other, he said. It’s a party in the middle of the work day, when unsightly alleys turn into hot spots for men and women in the city, as the fire of love is lit along with cigarettes for countless lonely souls. I love to capture the moment when feelings turn into love—they are as delicate as whiffs of smoke, the truth unveiled with a glance or a smile. Perhaps these inconsequential longings of the heart are what keep us going, suffering and alive.
The 34th HKIFF Main Catalogue