Triviṣa

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Hong Kong | 2016 | 97 minutes | Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong

A trio of directors helmed this noir about three notorious Chinese criminals who cross over into Hong Kong to make their fortune in the days leading up to the 1997 British handover of the territory. Produced by master filmmaker Johnnie To (Drug War).

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In the summer of 1997, while preparations are underway for the British to hand Hong Kong back to the Chinese, three notorious criminals meet by chance on the Chinese side of the border, worrying about their livelihood and what the future holds for their territory. Soon rumors begin to swirl that the three are planning a joint coup. As things progress, greed, hatred, hype, and hubris lead to their ultimate downfall. Harking back to a time when Hong Kong was the regional power and China the country-hick cousin, Triviṣa flashes resentment alongside a touch of nostalgia for the good old bad guys. Produced by Hong Kong master filmmaker Johnnie To (Drug War, SIFF 2013), Triviṣa hails from the aptly titled Fresh Wave new talent showcase which To initiated a decade ago. The young-director collective of Frank Hui, Jevons Au, and Vicky Wong have delivered a pitch-black, noir-infused debut resembling their mentors’ fatalistic classics of yore. Taking its title from the Buddhist notion of the "three poisons" leading to suffering, delusion, desire, and fury, this is not an anthology film, but rather an overlapping story of men who become victims of their own legends.

Director Biography
Emerging directors Frank Hui and Vicky Wong have worked on a variety of short films. This is their feature film debut. Jevons Au directed Ten Years (2015), which won the Best Film Award at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco

  • Original Language Title: Shu Dai Jiu Fung
  • Director: Frank Hui, Jevons Au, Vicky Wong
  • Principal Cast: Lam Ka Tung, Richie Jen, Jordan Chan
  • Country: Hong Kong, China
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Producer: Johnnie To, Yau Nai Hoi
  • Screenplay: Loong Man Hong, Thomas Ng, Mak Tin Shu
  • Cinematographers: Zhang Ying, Ray Cheung, Rex Chan
  • Editors: Allen Leung, David Richardson
  • Music: Nigel Chan
  • Filmography: HUI: Debut Feature Film; AU: Ten Years (2015); WONG: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Cantonese
  • Format: DCP