Port of Call(Director’s Cut)

2015  |  Cantonese  |  DCP  |  Color  |  120min  |  Chinese Subtitle

Director: Philip Yung.Scriptwriter: Philip Yung.Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle.Editor: Liao Ching-Sung, Wong Hoi, Philip Yung, Chu Ka-yat.Art Director: Cyrus Ho.Costume: Ivy Chan.Music: Ding Ke.Sound: Tu Du-chih

Cast: Aaron Kwok, Jessie Li, Michael Ning, Elaine Jin, Patrick Tam

Producer: Julia Chu, Esther Koo, Kingman Cho.Production: Golden Gate Productions.World Sales: Mei Ah Entertainment Group


A teenage prostitute is murdered, her dismembered body flushed down a toilet, and her severed head thrown into Victoria Harbour. But director Philip Yung chooses not to focus on the crime, but on the dead girl and herfamily, the investigating cop and his family, and the lonely and disaffected killer. The result is a genre-bender that progresses as it digresses, an atmospheric mosaic of human lives that exists out of order and beyond reason, all grounded in unforgiving reality.

Date:   11/8 (Friday)

Time:   7:30PM

Venue:   HK Arts Centre Cinema

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.

*Persons Aged Under 18 are not allowed.


“What motivates a man to commit an action?” “It depends on what the action is.” “What about murder? How is it different from other actions?”

In April 2008, a murder and dismemberment case shook the city of Hong Kong. A 16-year-old girl was killed while working as an on-call prostitute. Eerily, before she was killed, she told her customer (her killer, a 24-yearold man), “I really want to die.” I couldn’t get my mind off this. What was the meaning and the story behind this statement? She must have meant it when she said it, or else her killer wouldn’t have taken her seriously. But why did the killer think she was sincere? What prompted him to actually kill her? It’s not that difficult, or that easy, to kill someone. While researching this case, apart from applying deductive logic, I found a great pathos in two people’s clash of fates. This is especially evident when the story’s three main characters are lost in the muddled value systems of contemporary China and Hong Kong. During the 10-month period when I developed the screenplay, I focused heavily on the personal details of both the victim and the murderer before they met… Both have the attributes of those people marginalized by society. Through this film, I hope to shine a light on the troubled social culture that lies just beneath the surface sheen of contemporary Hong Kong as food for thought for the viewer. Apart from highlighting the murderer and the victim, while I was interviewing detectives in the Crime Investigation Department of the Hong Kong Police, a character who represents a more subjective view of the film suddenly appeared in my mind. Aaron Kwok plays the detective, a man with a conscience who behaves contrary to society’s mercenary milieu. It is he—a middle-aged detective who wouldn’t give up until he digs into the bottom of the mystery—who brings out the full story.

Philip Yung

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