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DCP | Hong Kong | 2016 | 101 mins | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Director: WONG Chun
Screen Writer: Florence CHAN
Starring: Shawn YUE, Eric TSANG, Elaine JIN, Charmaine FONG
Producers: CHIU Sung Kee, Heiward MAK
Director of Cinematography: ZHANG Ying
Production Designer: CHEUNG Siu Hong
“To avoid, or to confront? To deny, or to embrace? To give up, or to make a change?”
The film begins with an old man who has long been absent as a father (Eric TSANG), picking up his son (Shawn YUE), who is suffering from bipolar disorder, from a mental hospital. Both men are in deep remorse for the accident that caused the death of the mother (Elaine JIN). The tension and anxiety boil as they stay with each other in a tiny subdivided flat. As time passes, they realize the pain between one another is not the only confrontation that awaits them; but also to face the cruel and unjust world that they are living in.
This is a story that I’d like to pose to the people of Hong Kong; how do we confront, awaken, empower ourselves, and seek change in the world that we are currently living in. No matter how long the problem has been rotting away in our souls, and no matter how much we try to suppress it, once we realize that we are our own entity, we can choose to mend relationships, and change the predicaments around you, more than we can ever imagine. If you allow yourself to do so; you can become a whole new person every waking morning.
We play the roles of the father and the son in ‘Mad World’, but we are also the people who live around them. Their neighbors in the subdivided flat are also people who are suppressed without a sense unity, and so naturally, they will prey on the weak. We are not bad people, but we tend to violence without knowing, sometimes out of weakness, and sometimes out of ignorance. This is a banal evil, but also a reflection of our society.
Humans are not born good or evil; we are accountable for the judgments and decisions we make in our every day lives, and from that, little by little we learn to become a better person. Just like learning to make better films.
With a tight production budget of HKD 2 million, we cannot even fathom working with such a talented cast. Both stars immediately said yes after I pitched the project to them, and were willing to take a significant pay cut to participate in this project. Besides the fact that I'm tremendously grateful, it also made me realize that scripts have the power to move and connect people.
DCP | 香港 | 2016 | 101分鐘 | 粵語，中英文字幕
阿東 (余文樂 飾) 患有躁鬱症，因父親離家不顧，獨力照顧飽受病患折磨的母親 (金燕玲 飾)。母子二人情緒互相牽引激化，猶如漫長的困獸鬥。一天，阿東如常替失禁的母親沖洗，拉扯間發生意外，導致母親死亡。阿東的父親大海 (曾志偉 飾) 驚覺一直逃避的問題發酵成了悲劇。獨居多年的他在愧疚和孤獨驅使下，應醫院建議，接阿東到自己的板間房暫住。