From the Queen to the Chief Executive
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Herman Yau.


Under British rule, minorities convicted of committing crimes punishable by the death penalty if they were older were sometimes detained "by the Queen's pleasure," without ever actually being sentenced. Now, on the eve of the handover, a dedicated lawyer and a romantic student try to rally the citizens of Hong Kong to get the kids sentenced so that they may serve the appropriate time for their crimes, instead of just being held indefinitely. Although it occasionally drifts into TV Movie of the Week territory, this is an effective and heartwrenching drama, based on true events, courtesy director Herman Yau, well known for his more exploitative and violent Cat. III films (The Untold Story, Ebola Madness).

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 10, 2004.


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