Young John (Wong Chung), estranged from his mother and at odds with his father, struggles with anger management and can barely hold a dishwashing job. When a criminal gang lead by plutocratic Boss Lan asks him to betray his father, John is sucked into a whirlpool of seduction, betrayal and revenge.

The violent potential of youthful alienation has a long history in Hong Kong cinema. The glorious excesses of Kuei Chih-hung's spectacularly weird and entertaining action film reveal a complicated engagement with underlying social issues. Shot in the period following the 1967 anti-colonial, Cultural Revolution-inspired riots, Kuei's portrait of 'angry youth' (the original Chinese title) melds action cinema with social realism: much of it is shot on location (extraordinary for a Shaws production) in HK's gritty public housing and grimy industrial backwaters. Kuei exaggerates everything — rhythmically pumping zooms, a self-mocking 1970s jazz-pop score — as his film teeters on the borders of parody, anger, and chaos.

Directors
Kuei Chih-hung, Chang Cheh
Country of production
Hong Kong
Production Year
1973
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
101'
Medium
Digital
Original title
Fen nu qing nian
Language
Mandarin
Producer
Runme Shaw
Production Company
Shaw Brothers
Sales
Celestial Pictures
Screenplay
Ni Kuang
Cinematography
Yu Chi
Editor
Kuo Ting-hung
Production Design
Johnson Tsao
Cast
Huang Lan, Shen Chang, Teng Fen-ni