A group of desperate kids, marginalized and violently out of control, are holed up in a squalid Hong Kong tenement. Cops are a dimly perceived alien force, to be avoided at all costs. It's not 2019, but 1988 in this searing portrayal of underclass Hong Kong youth raging in a city under British colonial rule. These junior gang members fight to claim the city for themselves, struggling against the profound sense of alienation that shrouds and criminalizes this underclass.

Laurence Lau's documentary style, post-new wave social realist melodrama doesn't glamorize Triad life. Its cast of young non-stars throw themselves into one of the darkest visions of social disfunction and nihilism ever to come out of Hong Kong's cinematic factories. Facing a grim present with no imaginable future, the kids fall into drugs, brazen assaults and a horrifying rape. Their violence tips, tragically, inwards: interiorized and self-inflicted. They are ready burn their world down.

Original title
Tung dong
Filmmaker
Lawrence Lau
Country
Hong Kong
Year
1988
Medium
35mm
Length
98’
Language
Cantonese
Producer
Qi Fu
Sales
Sil-Metropole Organisation Ltd.
Writer
Chan Man-keung
Cinematography
Chan Kwan-kin
Editor
Lawrence Ah Mon, Fo San, Kwok Keung
Music
Joseph Kung Shing Chow
Cast
Chan Chiu, Chan Chung, Cheung Chi-wah, Chiang Ping, Ching Siu-yuen, Chiu Wai-cheong, Ho Chung-yin