2016 | Cantonese | DCP | Color | 96min | Chinese Subtitle
Director: Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong．Scriptwriter: Loong Man-hong, Thomas Ng, Mak Tin-shu．Cinematographer: Zhang Ying, Ray Cheung, Rex Chan．Editor: Allen Leung, David Richardson．Art Director: Jean Tsoi．Costume: Sukie Yip．Music: Nigel Chan
Cast: Lam Ka-tung, Richie Jen, Jordan Chan
Producer: Johnnie To, Yau Nai-hoi．Production: Milkway Image．World Sales: Media Asia Distribution
Set in 1997, Trivisa follows three notorious criminals facing an uncertain future in the shadow of the Handover. They consider joining forces to pull off a grand heist, but anger, pride and myopia foretell their downfall. A return to the gangster noir that was Johnnie To’s expertise in the 1990s, Trivisa features three promising young directors at the helm. With To overseeing as producer, the directors follow one protagonist each until their storylines intersect for a gripping and inevitable finale.
Date: 14/8 (Monday)
Venue: HK Arts Centre Cinema
Post-screening discussion with director Jevons Au and Vicky Wong
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.
What do you think about the three notorious “Kings of Thieves”?
Vicky Wong: I was responsible for Cheuk Chi-keung. The real-life Cheuk was an arrogant and presumptuous man. He liked to take up challenges and often bragged about being a mountaineer. He was actually very smart and could have excelled in other careers, but he took a wrong turn onto the crooked path of no return.
Frank Hui: I shot the Kwai Ching-hung segment. The real Kwai was very low-key and prudent. He kept changing his identity to avoid being caught, even to the point of living as a recluse in Canada like many Hong Kongers at the time. He wanted to be a normal person, even though to others he was a notorious criminal. I wanted to highlight his human side, such as the greed that lured him out of retirement to meet his eventual doom.
Jevons Au: I also took a humanistic perspective in my treatment of Yip Kwok-foon. In fact, he is the product of a time when values were distorted and everyone wanted to make a fortune before the deadline passed. […] He was more of a victim in that era; he suffered oppression and humiliation from officialdom and then returned to the dark side. Everything can happen when you are cornered.
Interview with the directors
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