Script refining, Funds, Co-producer
Anping, who inherited his grandfather’s psychic abilities, has always been unable to see his mother’s spirit. With the help of a drowned girl and his grandfather, he travels through hell to rescue his trapped mother.
After a childhood incident, Anping inherited his grandfather’s psychic ability but could never see his mother’s spirit. While searching for his friend’s sister, who jumped off a cliff, Anping meets the half-human, half-ghost spirit of Yu Yi on a train. Despite Yu Yi’s refusal to acknowledge her death, Anping discovers her connection to his mother’s disappearance and his grandfather’s ability to cross between worlds using the “Candle Shadow Art”. When Anping fails to find any clues in his old home, a demon with a grudge against Anping’s grandfather appears, claiming to possess the “Candle Shadow Art”. In an effort to rescue his mother and Yu Yi, Anping uses the technique to enter the underworld but ends up being captured by the demon. Anping’s grandfather appears, sacrificing his spirit to save his grandson and bring back Anping’s lost mother. Anping learns that his mother was lost in the underworld due to her addiction to magic and was possessed by the demon. In the end, Anping’s grandfather and the demon perish, but walked to the deepest part of the underworld’s ocean and returned to the human world.
Director’s Statement 導演闡述
Why do some people willingly abandon a bright future and choose to dwell in the past? Where do these attachments come from and how can they be resolved? Ghosts represent the departed, and if there were a way to freely enter and leave the underworld, people could be reunited with their loved ones. However, there are always trade-offs, and the effort to traverse between worlds may lead to even greater regret.
To the Rescue is a story about attachment and redemption. One person’s attachment ultimately saves another who is trapped in the underworld due to their own attachment. Regret and guilt can make one obsessed with the irretrievable past, but is this obsession also a refusal to let go?
Drawing inspiration from the story of Mu Lian saving his mother in Buddhist lore, as well as the phrase from the poem Chang Hen Ge, which can be interpreted as a central image of searching for and rescuing one’s mother, this story centres around a mother and son.
CHAN Tsz Wan 陳子雲
Social and cultural columnist, CHAN graduated from the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. His poems and prose were published in various art magazines, while film critics were published in Taiwan and Hong Kong media. Member of the 5th Asian Cinema Observers of Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and primary selection jury of the 26th ifva Open Category.
Director & Editor 導演及剪接
LUI Yee Pan Ian 呂以彬
Graduated from the School of Communication at Hong Kong Baptist University in 2017, LUI’s directional work for graduation of Higher Diploma, Grandpa Online (2015) was shown at 1st Ground Up Student Film Festival, Jahorina Film Festival in Bosnia, Lublin Film Festival in Poland, Caminhos Film Festival in Portugal. The Hongkongers (2019) have selected for film festivals including Filmschool Fest Munich & San Diego Asian Film Festival.
2017年畢業於香港浸會大學傳理學院，主修電影、副修新聞。現為自由影視工作者。2015年憑高級文憑時執導之畢業作品《Grand 巴打》入選首屆香港平地學生電影節、波斯尼亞Jahorina Film Festival等影展。2019至2020年，再憑短片《鄉．港人》入選台灣金穗影展、美國聖地牙哥亞洲電影節、德國Filmschool Fest Munich、馬來西亞亞庇國際電影節等影展。
LAU Kok Rui, Ray 劉國瑞
Hong Kong-based Malaysian writer-director, LAU has participated in the 11th Golden Horse Film Academy and “Master Class in Film Directing” by Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild. His shorts were selected by various film festivals and his debut feature film The Sunny Side of the Street has been awarded Best Original Screenplay and the Best New Director of the 59th Golden Horse Award.
Film Unit / Production Company 影像單位 / 製作公司
Lionrock Film Company 獅石映畫