Time

  • 99'
  • Hong Kong
  • 2020

Being a classic hired killer is no longer an option, but eighty-something Chau doesn’t mind lending a helping hand in cases of euthanasia. Like a guardian angel (how he refers to himself), his ‘care service’ consists of slitting elderly throats. And there’s no shortage of lonely old-timers dying to take him up on the offer. In the darkly humorous Time, however, Chau doesn’t get long to enjoy his newfound success. Teenager Tsz-Ying also wants to be murdered, and won’t take no for an answer. The same is true of Chau’s client elderly Mrs Fung, who is struggling to make sense of life and the heavy demands of her children. In the meantime, driver Chung is trying in vain to find love with a sex worker.

Full of clever twists and hyper-stylised nods to classic Hong Kong cinema, Time is above all a warm film about vulnerable people and their lost ideals – although the lead actor, former matinee idol Patrick Tse (84), still rules the screen. A comical story with a sad undertow.

Director
Ricky Ko
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Hong Kong
Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
99'
Medium
DCP
Language
Cantonese
Producer
Lam Ka-tung
Sales
Lam Ka-tung
Screenplay
Ho Ching-yi, Lam Ka-tung
Cinematography
Yau Jam, David Cheung
Editor
Yeung Kai-wing
Production Design
Yeung Yiu-wah
Music
Wai Kai-leung, Joseph Chan
Cast
Patrick Tse, Petrina Fung, Lam Suet, Chung Suet-ying