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The Sunny Side of the Street


Director: LAU Kok-rui (劉國瑞)

2022|Hong Kong, Singapore|111min|Language: Cantonese, Urdu|Subtitles: English, Japanese, Chinese

Date Time Venue Guest
3/12 Sun 16:40 *Sold Out Cine Libre Umeda 4  
3/17 Fri 10:10 ABC Hall  
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Anthony WONG (黃秋生)
Sahal ZAMAN (林諾)
Endy CHOW (周國賢)
Inderjeet SINGH (潘文星)
Kiranjeet GILL (喬加雲)

Yat is a hard-drinking widowed taxi driver. With a bad relationship with his policeman son and his health failing, the last thing he needs is to get into traffic accidents and conflicts but fate keeps him colliding with a Pakistani refugee until a car crash happens. Stricken with guilt, he takes on the role of protector of the refugee’s son, Hassan, a kid born in Hong Kong but seeing no future for himself there. Desperately in need of a father’s guidance and stability, Hassan lashes out at the world but Yat endeavours to win his trust.

In an assured feature debut, Malaysian-born director LAU Kok-rui marries his personal experiences as an immigrant and his work on documentaries on domestic workers to the mechanics of family drama. The film went on to win Best New Director and Best Original Screenplay while Anthony WONG took Best Leading Actor at the Golden Horse Awards 2022.

[Jason MAHER]