Fu Bo


Time Out says

Set in Macau (the locations are a prison, a nightclub and a morgue), this tapestry of impressionistic images has three strands of narrative, related by theme rather than plot. Using highly inventive visual grammar, the film sutures together three lives: an introverted pathologist (Fu Bo - 'Uncle Fu' - is the generic name for morgue attendants) who is not big on human attachments, but very respectful of the dead; a Portuguese cook, more like a priest than a chef, who prepares meals for the cons on Death Row; and the psychotic triad gangster Gui, doped to the eyeballs. It adds up to a mildly disturbing meditation on mortality and decay, a viable co-feature for Pasolini's Porcile. Part of a creative surge in the Hong Kong indie sector, this project by two first-timers was strong and original enough to attract guest star cameos from Eric Tsang and Anthony Wong. Terrible subtitles, though, on the print under review.


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

Wong Ching-Po, Lee Kung-Lok
Lai Tak-Kin
Liu Kai-Chi
Lee Sze-Chit
Paulyn Sun
Jacob Mense
Hugo Ng
Eric Tsang
Anthony Wong