The Mobfathers

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Hong Kong | 2016 | 94 minutes | Herman Yau

Brimming with bloody underworld intrigue, the latest from Hong Kong's Herman Yau chronicles the battle for supremacy among five power-hungry gangsters vying to replace the ailing, seemingly omnipotent triad Godfather (Anthony Wong).

Monday, June 6, 2016

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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Fans of Hong Kong cinema who miss the "heroic bloodshed" films of yore: You're in for a real treat. The godfather (stalwart actor Anthony Wong) of the gang Jing Hing is dying from cancer. Before his passing, he and the senior "uncles" need to select a new Dragon Head to run the daily operations of the five gangs under their control. Chuck, a previous leader of the metal gang, has recently been released from serving five years in prison. A lifelong member of Jing Hing, his dream is to be Dragon Head, yet his wife wants him to leave the criminal life and spend time with their only child, born while he was in prison. Wulf, a pretty-boy former cop and leader of the fire gang, also wants the job. These two must battle it out to persuade the uncles that one of them is the right man for the job. But when Chuck calls for the gang members themselves and not the "uncles" to vote for the next Dragon Head, he dangerously steps over a line that no one should cross, causing the uncles to crack down in a round of assassinations, beatings, and bloody mayhem to reinforce their authority. A thinly veiled allegory of China's "one country, two systems" policy, The Mobfathers is brimming with machete-wielding outrage for Hong Kong's ongoing desire for universal suffrage.

Director Biography
With more than 60 directing credits under his belt, Herman Yau is one of the most prolific directors in contemporary Hong Kong cinema. Yau directed the recently acclaimed films Sara and Ip Man: The Final Fight, as well as cult classics such as the Troublesome Night series and The Untold Story.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco

  • Original Language Title: 選老頂
  • Director: Herman Yau
  • Principal Cast: Chapman To, Gregory Wong, Philip Keung, Anthony Wong
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Chapman To
  • Screenplay: Erica Li
  • Cinematographers: Joe Chan
  • Editors: Azrael Chung
  • Music: Brother Hung
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Sara (2015); Kung Fu Angels (2014); Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013); Love Lifting (2012); Turning Point 2 (2011); Rebellion (2009); Whispers and Moans (2007); On the Edge (2006); Lethal Ninja (2006); Cocktail (2006); Dating Death (2004); Happy Family (2002); Fascination Amour (1999); Troublesome Night (1997); Don't Fool Me (1991); No Regret (1987)
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Golden Scene Company Limited