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Ordinary Heroes

  • Film

Time Out says

Hui's sprawling, difficult film expresses very complex feelings about Hong Kong as a place and its people. Its core is a kind of 'rough guide' to recent social and political activism. Hui frames the film with sequences from a street play about the late Ng Chung-Yin, an agit-prop pioneer in the 1970s, and focuses on the few individuals who in the 1980s lobbied the government on China-related issues and campaigned for social reforms - activities cut short by events in Tiananmen Square in June 1989. Some of the characters are close to their real life prototypes (the Maoist-Catholic priest Ah Kam, superbly played by Wong) while others are more or less fictional (the boy who joins Ah Kam to get near a girl he fancies), but all of them are 'heroic' losers. In their lonely, principled struggles, cold shouldered by society, Hui pinpoints something which could be a key to Hong Kong identity.
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Release Details

  • Duration:128 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Ann Hui
  • Screenwriter:Chan Kin-Chung
  • Cast:
    • Rachel Lee
    • Lee Kang-sheng
    • Anthony Wong
    • Tse Kwan-Ho
    • Augustine Mok
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