i'm livin' it - IFFAM - 4th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

i’m livin’ it
Hong Kong SAR | 2019 | 114’ | DCP | Colour | Cantonese | Group: B
Director: Hing Fan Wong

Showtimes
2019/12/10 21:00 Macao Cultural Centre – Small Auditorium

Programmer’s Note

The lives of the homeless and disenfranchised in Hong Kong are given the spotlight in i’m livin’ it, directed by veteran AD Wong Hingfan and produced by his former collaborator Soi Cheang. It’s a tenderly drawn film which follows on a group of fragile folk all struggling with their own burdens, financial or otherwise. Wong’s eye is on the camaraderie, mutual support and friendship between the characters, even though that is often not enough to save them from physical ailments or psychological troubles. At the centre of the group – and the film – is superstar Aaron Kwok shedding his glamorous screen persona to give a heartwarming turn as the ex-con Bowen. His hopeful presence is as reassuring to us the audience as it is to the group of unfortunates, and his back story – he was a big boss in the finance world before being imprisoned for embezzlement – gives the actor the opportunity to show the character before and after the fall.

– Mike Goodridge

Synopsis

Once a star in his finance firm, Bowen now spends his nights in a 24-hour fast food joint, where he encounters others ‘roommates’ who are in a similar predicament: a mother with her daughter who has taken out high-interest loans to cover her mother-in-law’s debt, an old man who is too afraid to go home, a young runaway, a young singer living in a temporary shelter. Together these accidental roommates must strive to lift one another out of rock bottom.

Director

Hing Fan Wong

I’m livin’ it may be Wong Hingfan’s first feature film as a director but he is far from inexperienced and has 36 credits as an assistant director dating back to Black Mask in 1996 and also including Turn Left, Turn Right (2003), Triangle (2007), Accident (2009), Cold War II (2015) and Sisterhood from Macao film-maker Tracy Choi which played in IFFAM competition in 2016. He has also produced four films and acted in acted in five. I’m livin’ it had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October.

Cast & Crew

Director Hing Fan Wong

Scriptwriter(s) Ja Poon

Producer(s) Soi Cheang

Cinematographer SK Yip

Production Designer Lim Chung Man

Editor Angie On Yee Lam, Siu Pa Wong, Wing Man Kwan

Music Peter Kam

Costumes Designer Polly Po Yan Chan

Cast Aaron Kwok, Miriam Yeung, Alex Man, Nina Paw, Cheung Tat-ming

Production Companies Entertaining Power Co. Limited

Distributor

World Sales Entertaining Power Co. Limited, Media Asia Film Production Limited