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The Empty Hands


Director: Chapman TO (杜汶澤)

2017|Hong Kong|87min|Language: Cantonese, Japanese|Subtitles: Japanese, English, Traditional Chinese

The Empty Hands
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Stephy TANG (鄧麗欣)
Chapman TO (杜汶澤)
KURATA Yasuaki (倉田保昭)
Stephen AU (歐錦棠)

Half-Chinese and half-Japanese Mari Hirakawa is a Hong Kong woman whose mother disappeared when she was a child. She was left with dad, a Japanese karate master. The result? She was a brown belt prodigy early in life as a result of being forced to practice for hours on end. She hated every minute and a competition loss was her excuse to quit the sport and embrace a slacker lifestyle. Her only wish is to sell the dojo after her father passes away. Following his death, Mari starts fantasizing about her life of freedom; however, she finds out from her lawyer that her father has only left her 49% ownership of the property, the other 51% was left to one of his worst pupils, Chan Kent, a man with a dubious past. The two clash, and Chan has a proposition – if Mari is able to win a match in a legitimate martial arts competition, he will unconditionally give her his share of the property. Mari is trapped in a dilemma, and will have to make a choice that will change her life...