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  • Japan Premiere


The Narrow Road


Director: LAM Sum (林森)

2022|Hong Kong|115min|Language: Cantonese|Subtitles: English, Japanese, Chinese

Date Time Venue Guest
3/10 Fri 13:00 *Sold Out Cine Libre Umeda 4  
3/18 Sat 18:30 *Sold Out Umeda Burg 7: Theater7
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Louis CHEUNG (張繼聰)
Angela YUEN (袁澧林)

Hard times have hit Hong Kong. A stalled economy, an exodus of people, and Covid-19 is deepening the crisis, especially for Chak who is struggling to keep his cleaning company afloat as jobs dry up and disinfectant runs scarce. Also struggling is a single mother named Candy who joins him on the job so she can do more than just survive by wheeling-dealing and stealing, but earn some honest cash to keep herself and her daughter off the streets. Slowly, the two form a bond and business blossoms but Candy’s old habits put everything in jeopardy.

“The Narrow Road” begins with haunting images of lead character Chak disinfecting a store but the screenplay had been under development since 2018. While the pandemic is the backdrop, the focus is the reaction of locals to declining living standards and it is all tackled with social realism and a humanist streak that gives an insight into the everyday for working-class Hong Kongers as well as good drama.

[Jason MAHER]

Director LAM Sum(林森)