The Empty Hands

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Hong Kong | 2017 | 87 minutes | Chapman To

Mari has opted to live idly and forget growing up with her father's strict martial arts regimen, until she must prove herself in competition to win ownership of his dojo he left in his will to one his other students.

Quiet and reserved with particular charm, The Empty Hands is less about martial arts than it is about a woman struggling to accept herself. Mari Hirakawa (Stephy Tang) lives an idle life. When her father (Yasuaki Kurata) passes away, Mari delightfully plans to cash in on his karate dojo and renovate it into an apartment. However, complications arise when Mari learns that part of the dojo has been given to her father's former student, Chan Kent (Chapman To). Chan offers to release the dojo to Marie if she can prove her mettle in a fighting ring. Embittered, Mari rekindles her fighting spirit but soon learns that there is more to life than just selfish desires. Filled with bright, vibrant colors, this film is a nice balance between quirky characters and unique camerawork that moves steadily back—and—forth within scenes without sudden cuts. Actor—director Chapman To is known for his work in comedic Hong Kong films such as Let's Eat! Despite The Empty Hands being a dramatic piece, To manages to insert his humor with particular music during moments audiences would least expect, giving the film a self—aware, sardonic persona. With bits of wry humor and portrayals of fun characters, The Empty Hands is sure to entertain.

Director Biography
A fixture of Hong Kong cinema, Chapman To's acting career spans nearly two decades and over a hundred roles. Among his early successes are Internal Affairs (2002), for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards, and Initial D (2005). More recently, To starred opposite Joey Yung in Diva (2012) and has transitioned into directing with Let's Eat!  (2016), in which he also played the lead role.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in San Francisco

  • Original Language Title: Hung Sau Dou
  • Director: Chapman To
  • Principal Cast: Stephy Tang, Chapman To, Yasuaki Kurata, Stephen Au
  • Premiere Status: North American
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 87 minutes
  • Producer: Chapman To, Wai-But Tang
  • Screenplay: Chapman To, Erica Li
  • Cinematographers: Wai-Kai Tam
  • Editors: Allen Leung
  • Music: Veronica Lee
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Let's Eat (2016)
  • Language: Cantonese, Japanese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Golden Scene Company Limited