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Before Dawn

  • Film

Time Out says

Ah Po, aged 17, has been spoiled all his life by his mother, a nightclub dancer dumped by his father and a succession of other men. He considers himself straight but one night's service as a rent boy leaves him implicated in a series of murders of gay men - which are actually being carried out by the bent cop who is charged with investigating them. Fok's hysterical, barely coherent melodrama throws in everything from kitchen sink realism to forced-sodomy fantasies with fluttering doves but centres on the chasm between adults and kids. It had the distinction of being the first Hong Kong feature to imagine a gay sub-culture and broach the possibility of its protagonist's sexual ambivalence. There are no 'positive images', but the film was a cult favourite in underground gay circles in the unliberated '80s.
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Release Details

  • Duration:88 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Clarence Ford Fok Yiu-Leung
  • Cast:
    • Deannie Ip
    • Lau Dan
    • Loletta Lee
    • Ku Feng
    • Wong Sue-Kei
    • Leung Saan
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