What better way to mend a broken relationship than to be hurled together into the heart of an epic criminal tragedy! That’s what’s happened, anyway, to the young couple Ching and Yui. On the verge of breaking up, they’ve planned on taking a final trip together, only to find their lives upended when the boyfriend, Yui, is taken hostage by a quartet of outlaws as coldhearted as they are trigger-happy, who will go to any lengths to successfully deliver a bag stuffed with heroin. While Yui is plunged into a chaotic whirlwind of hold-ups, settling of scores and violent gunfights, his girlfriend Ching desperately seeks help. Faced with the incompetence of the police, she realizes that she’ll have to track down Yui and the crooks herself—the couple’s survival depends on it! —Fantasia Festival
Soi Cheang has been working with Digital Video before making his first 35-mm feature with Diamond Hill, a film about incest and with some horror elements as he describes. Like Chow, he was also used to production sets since he’s been assistant directors for Ringo Lam, Andrew Lau and Wilson Yip. His second 35-mm film Horror Hotline… Big Head Monster, supposedly a real scary movie, is far away from any HK comedy-plus-horror package films. For this second experience as director he cast not less than the current biggest names in HK, e.g. Francis Ng, Josie Ho, Sam Lee, directors Wilson Yip & Alan Mak and scriptwriter Roy Szeto. —hkcinemagic.com
While the stylistic landscape of Cheang Pou-Soi's films is ever-changing, there are two strong consistencies throughout his filmography: A deep understanding and empathy for his characters, and a profound sense of place which can be translated to any setting. We see a young romance blossom and wither within the first five minutes of "Love Battlefield," with more palpable detail than some directors can produce in full features. That alone is a stroke of genius.
A retrospective in Vienna gives us to the chance to talk to the last (so far) addition to Hong Kong cinema’s key genre auteurs.