Jacky

  • 70'
  • Netherlands
  • 2000
Jacky is a Chinese kid aged 25 of emigrant parents who lives in a terraced house in Eindhoven with his mother. He grew up in the vacuum between two cultures. He is intelligent but lacks the energy to steer his life in a specific direction. Jacky's calm life is disrupted when his mother urges him to marry a girl from China, following tradition, and leave the parental home. Before he realises, he is living with the young Chinese Chi-Chi in a new apartment in Amsterdam. Chi-Chi has trouble finding her feet in her new surroundings. Her mother-in-law is not keen on her and it is difficult for her to build an intimate relationship with Jacky. One wonders whether Chi-Chi's relationship with Jacky and his mother will improve so she can take root in her strange surroundings. Jacky is the impressive feature début by the Dutch-Chinese Fow Pyng Hu. The story is told with few words and with beautiful pictures - mainly of interiors. There are no clichés: the film is as fresh as spring showers and shows convincingly how alien the outside world can look for a group that has so far stayed out of the limelight in Holland.
Directors
Fow Pyng Hu, Brat Ljatifi
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Netherlands
Production Year
2000
Festival Edition
IFFR 2000
Length
70'
Medium
35mm
Language
Mandarin
Producers
IDTV FILM/Motel Films, Frans van Gestel, Jeroen Beker
Sales
Fortissimo Films
Screenplay
Brat Ljatifi, Fow Pyng Hu
Cinematography
Benito Strangio
Editor
Brat Ljatifi, Fow Pyng Hu
Sound Design
Marco Vermaas
Cast
Fow Pyng Hu
Local Distributor
A-Film Distribution