Maniacal Night
Hong Kong 2001
Directed by Leung Tak Sam.

A movie in the tradition of Jonathan Demme's AFTER HOURS and Sabu's POSTMAN BLUES, though much lighter in spirit. A Japanese man (Taguchi Hiromasa) in Hong Kong on the eve of the handover hires a prostitute at incredible cost because she looks like his childhood sweetheart, in celebration of his 30th birthday. She's only available until midnight. He gets there plenty early, only trouble is, she won't let him do anything without a condom. And so he leaves the hotel in search of a condom, and begins a night where anything bad that could go wrong, does go wrong. As things start spinning wildly out of control, the chief of police (Chin Kar Lok) is called on by the governor to ensure everything is resolved quickly, no matter the cost. On his adventures, the Japanese man meets all stripes of Hong Kongies, friends, foes, and the just plain weird. More of a tribute to Hong Kong and its people, this film showcases a love for the city like none other.

Rating: Recommended (Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on May 13, 2004.

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