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(aka "Heung Gong jai jo" or "Made in Hong Kong")

 

Directed by Fruit Chan
Hong Kong 1997

 

Released to critical acclaim in 1997, the year of the Hong Kong handover, Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong was praised as an anarchic masterpiece, a powerful distillation of urban alienation and youthful despair.

Moon (Sam Lee) is a small-time triad, stuck in an endless cycle of pointless violence with no hope of escape. After he and his friends witness the suicide of a young girl, they embark on a journey to deliver two letters she had on her when she died.

Produced on a shoestring budget, with non-professional actors and using discarded film reels for stock, the film was rescued from obscurity and fully restored in 4K in time for its 20th anniversary in 2017, thanks to the Far East Film Festival, in collaboration with Andy Lau's Hong Kong production company, Focus Film.

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Autumn Moon is a young, go-nowhere triad whose self-regard far outstrips his talents or accomplishments. While working as a debt collec­tor, Moon meets feisty teen Ping, who suffers from renal failure and needs a kidney transplant, though her chances of receiving one are slim. Nevertheless, Moon falls for Ping and idealistically resolves to improve himself and become her saviour. But that goal may be futile for someone of Moons station and temperament.

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Theatrical Release: August 1997 (Locarno Film Festival)

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Review: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:49:27.561         
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,959,852,160 bytes

Feature: 31,125,372,480 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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LPCM Audio Cantonese 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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Masters of Cinema

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,959,852,160 bytes

Feature: 31,125,372,480 bytes

Video Bitrate: 33.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

New interview with director Fruit Chan (47:20)
New interview with producer Doris Yang (7:16)
New interview with producer Daniel Yu (12:54)
New interview with Marco Muller, former director of the Locarno Film Festival (4:29)
A collector's booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and an archival interview with director Fruit Chan


Blu-ray Release Date:
September 21st, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 15

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema Blu-ray (September 2020): Masters of Cinema have transferred Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "4K digital restoration". Prefacing the film  are text screens which read "The 4K restoration of Made in Hong Kong was promoted by the Far East Film Festival (Udine, Italy) on the occasion of the 20th anniversary since the film's first public screening in 1997, the same year as Hong Kong's handover to China. The restoration was made from the original camera negative with the supervision of director Fruit Chan and was carried out in 2017 in the Hong Kong and Bologna headquarters of L'Immagine Ritrovata. The color correction was done at One Cool Production Ltd. in Hong Kong. " This looks very good considering it was a low budget film out of Hong Kong in the lat 90's. Colors are detail are very pleasing and there are instances of weaker visual but more to the production limitations. I think the 4K-restoration is a huge step beyond SD and the 1080P presentation was frequently impressive with rich grain, deep colors and frequent depth. Wonderful.

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On their Blu-ray, Masters of Cinema use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Cantonese language. It is authentically flat and clear again suffering only the imperfections of the original source - generally dialogue is very audible and there is a score credited to Wah-Chuen Lam (more highly noted as the cinematographer for Made in Hong Kong along with Sing-Pui O), sounding supportive and heightening energy in sequences. Masters of Cinema offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Masters of Cinema Blu-ray offers new interview with director Fruit Chan (for over 3/4 of an hour!), producers Doris Yang and Daniel Yu (separately) and with Marco Muller, former director of the Locarno Film Festival where it debuted. The package has a collector's booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; and an archival interview with director Fruit Chan.

I was blown away by Fruit Chan's Made in Hong Kong. What an amazingly layered piece of, modestly-budgeted, cinema. Brilliant - I would watch fabulous work like this all the time. Such a beautifully realized film for the Masters of Cinema to bring to 4K-restored Blu-ray with the revealing interviews and the booklet as extras - nice cover and packaging too! This has our highest recommendation!... wow.

Gary Tooze

 


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