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A pair of 13-year-old friends, who survived the chaos of the city and the pandemic, resume a normal life that is abruptly shattered end when one of them takes his own life.
Guk and Lun are two thirteen-year-old best friends, who survived the chaos of the city and the pandemic. Their normal life abruptly ends when Lun kills himself.
The teachers and the headmaster, as adults, are caught off guard by Lun’s suicide and have to deal with his death with composure. Guk becomes a matter of concern for everyone, as he cannot accept that Lun, who was far better off in terms of family and studies, committed suicide without any hints.
Counselling, police questioning and support from Guk’s family all fail to help him come to terms with Lun’s sudden departure. The memories of the “coming-of-age” times he shared with his best friend are the only thing that keeps resurfacing in his mind. Meanwhile, those people around Guk are leaving the city one by one, he struggles to understand, but is being taught to accept it and say goodbye.
Director’s Statement 導演闡述
This is a Hong Kong film that tells the story of a teenage boy grappling with parting with his dearest friend. As we look back at the past few years, we have all faced various occasions of separation, big or small. Yet it has become a wordless ache, a sorrowful weight that we now seem to bear in silence.
Despite being only 13 years old, the number of times he experienced “separation” in Hong Kong is more than anyone else who has ever grown up here. I always hope to explore the changing environment of the past few years from the perspective of a child, to reveal why, for adults, when “staying” or “leaving” happens in this most familiar place, some people treat it seriously and indifferently.
As a teenage boy facing life and death in this harsh moment, I hope to leave this for Hong Kong and the world audience the beautiful sorrow of Hong Kong people in a new era of stability. If this Hong Kong story, which is based on the theme of suicide, can serve as a sort of cure for those who are still here, that is its greatest meaning.
LEUNG Kin Pong 梁健邦
LEUNG studied film and television at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and graduated in Directing. His first short film, Little by Little, won the Best Feature (Short Film) Award at Monterrey International Film Festival in Mexico. In 2019, he directed his first TV drama Alpha Maria, which was selected as the only drama production to represent Hong Kong at INternational PUblic Television Screening Conference (INPUT).
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WONG Wan Sze 王韻詩
WONG has produced and directed numerous productions since 2011. Her works are gender-diverse. In 2019, French-Hong Kong actor Sony CHAN was cast in the lead role in Alpha Maria, the first Hong Kong TV drama to feature a transgender actor, which sparked media interest; in 2020, her film project Love to Bits, was selected for Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum 2021.
Film Unit / Production Company 影像單位 / 製作公司
Electric Diamond Production Limited 電鑽重創影像有限公司
Electric Diamond Production was founded by WONG Wan Sze and LEUNG Kin Pong. It produces professional and unique works. Alpha Maria, Radio Television Hong Kong’s outsourced drama, is noted for its bold theme and high standard, compared with the dramas of three major television channels through media. In recent years, its works have been selected for numerous script competitions and investment conferences.