Director Philip Yung’s PORT OF CALL’s central incident is the brutal murder of a young 16-year-old Hunan girl who moved to Hong Kong with her family and fell into prostitution. Winding through time and grounded by Christopher Doyle’s gauzy cinematography, the film follows both the story of the young girl’s descent into sex work and Aaron Kwok’s grizzled detective as he obsessively seeks an answer to the brutality of the murder. Kwok is astonishing here in his career’s best role, with all the tics and haggard body language of a man beaten down by the violence that threatens to drown him at every turn. Stage actor Michael Ning is also chilling as the killer.
-New York Asian Film Festival
HIFF proudly presents the Hawaii Premiere of the special extended director’s cut of this film, presented as part of the Asian Cinerama program. The Asian Cinerama is co-organized by the Asian Film Awards Academy and the Hawaii International Film Festival and is financially supported by Create Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Film Development Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government.
Stick around after the first screening for a special FREE Panel Discussion HONG KONG CINEMA: PRESENT AND FUTURE featuring Clarence Tsui, Senior Film Reviewer at The Hollywood Reporter.
The encore screening of the film at the University of Hawaii at Manoa on November 16th is FREE to the public and un-ticketed.