Tran’s dreamy, expressionistic ode to neorealism and Wong Kar-Wai, shot on location in Saigon and riffing on the plot of De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves, casts Leung as a poet moonlighting as a gangster and in love with the sister of the titular orphaned hero. While not the preeminent showcase of his acting talent – Leung spoke no Vietnamese and learned his minimal dialogue phonetically – Tran and cinematographer Benoît Delhomme utilise his dark, brooding interiority to lend a captivating glamour to his enigmatic villain, completely stealing the film from its putative, non-actor lead.
Also screening on Wed 5 April
Flowers of Shanghai (1998) – Wed 22 Mar, 7pm
Hero (2002) – Wed 22 Mar, 9.10pm
In the Mood for Love (2000) – Wed 29 Mar, 7pm
Lust, Caution (2007) – Wed 29 Mar, 8.55pm
A City of Sadness (1989) – Wed 5 Apr, 6.30pm
Cyclo (1995) – Wed 5 Apr, 9.30pm
Quiet and introspective as a child and outcast by his parents’ separation, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (1962–) never aspired to much. In 1982, whilst working as an appliance salesman, Leung was encouraged to take up acting by his childhood friend, Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer)...
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