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    Mad World

    Directed by Wong Chun
    Hong Kong | 100 minutes | World Cinema Now

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    Mad World

    Directed by Wong Chun
    Hong Kong | 100 minutes | World Cinema Now

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    Mad World

    Directed by Wong Chun
    Hong Kong | 100 minutes | World Cinema Now

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    Mad World

    Directed by Wong Chun
    Hong Kong | 100 minutes | World Cinema Now

Hong Kong director Wang Chun’s admirable debut feature is the portrait of a former stockbroker suffering from bipolar disorder. “An empathetic character study of a troubled young man trying to contain his inner chaos in a maddening city where space, sympathy and sanity are at a premium.” Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

film synopsis

Hong Kong star Shawn Yue is best known as a singer, a former model, and for mainstream movies like Wild City and Love in a Puff. Here he reveals his acting chops with a strong, layered performance as Tung, a former stockbroker suffering from severe bipolar disorder. Released from a mental hospital into the custody of his estranged truck-driver father, he moves into the older man's cramped, claustrophobic bed-sit and tries to reconcile himself with his troubled upbringing (his mother also suffered from mental illness it turns out, and his father abandoned the family).  Judgmental and ignorant associates certainly don't make things any easier. (According to local surveys, one in 20 suffers from bipolar disorders, yet more than half Hongkongers do not want people with mental illness to live in their neighborhood.) A subplot involving Tung's attempts to win back his ex-fiancée (Charmaine Fong) is especially moving.

This low-budget, debut feature from Wang Chun is an admirably sensitive and sympathetic account of mental illness in a society in a hurry to look past it. 

film details

Director: Wong Chun
Producers: Chiu Sung Kee, Heiward Mak
Screenwriter: Florence Chan
Cinematographers: Zhang Ying
Editor: Wong Chun
Music: Yusuke Hanato
Cast: Shawn Yue, Eric Tsang, Elaine Jin, Charmaine Fong
Original Language Title: Yat Nim Mou Ming
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Deaf Friendly: Yes
Year: 2016
Running Time: 100 minutes

2017 PS Film Festival