| From The Queen To The Chief Executive (2001)
Director: Herman Yau
Sheung Man, Ai Jing, Tang Shu Wing
A movie with a heart. A true gem among HK
productions of the same genre. Miss it at your peril.
Youthful offenders get stuck behind bars for years
in director Herman Yau's excellent, thought-provoking drama. A film not
afraid to ask complicated questions lacking easy answers.
Beginning in 1997 with television footage of the
Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region being
sworn into office, we next see an appeal being made to the Chief
Executive. The story then swiftly backtracks to 1985. We follow three
people whose lives will intersect 12 years later: Yue-ling, Mr. Leung,
and Ming. Yue-ling is a teenage girl suffering from loneliness and
abuse; Mr. Leung is helping factory workers protest unfair working
conditions, and Ming is a teenage boy caught up in a horrific crime.
Fast-forward to early 1997, and we discover that
Yue-ling has grown into a young woman fascinated by the prose of a young
man who turns out to be a prisoner. That prisoner is Ming. He has been
"detained at Her Majesty's pleasure," held for years without a sentence
under a provision of Colonial rule that, it is explained, was meant to
give youthful offenders a bit of a break, a chance to correct
themselves. Instead, it has been used to keep a number of young men
behind bars for an indefinite period, never knowing when or if they can
expect to be released. Yue-ling is touched by Ming's story, and seeks
out the help of Mr. Leung, now a Councillor whose term of office will
end effective with the handover. The race with time is on. Will these
young men ever get out of prison?
List Price: US $19.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
- "Adult Material;
Parental Guidance Recommended" (roughly equal to an
MPPA rating of "R") Films rated Category IIB
contain large amounts of violence and/or nudity and
sexual situations in addition to possible explicit
language and adult situations.