Tai Kwun Movie Steps 2024

Tai Kwun Movie Steps - Show Me the Money (Jan – Feb 2024)

Date & Time

7 Jan - 4 Feb, 2024 4pm

Location

Laundry Steps

Price

Free of charge

General

Curated By

As the saying goes, "money is not everything, but everything needs money!" The ultimate wish of Hongkongers is, for sure, to become millionaires overnight and never worry about money.

Entering 2024, in addition to wishing you all a wealthy year, we also team up with Wei-gor again to bring you a list of 5 "fortune-making" comedies: Always on My Mind, a Michael Hui's bittersweet drama; Gift from Heaven, featuring three actresses as money-dreaming office ladies; From Riches to Rags, a John Woo's early cult hit; The Thirty Million Dollar Rush, an all-star action movie about human greed; and Kung Hei Fat Choy, a fantasy with laughers and special effects. With the Lunar New Year approaching, let's come to Tai Kwun and have fun watching those get-rich-quick farces starring a bunch of Hong Kong movies stars!

Every Sunday at 4pm
Location: Laundry Steps
Free Admission
Chinese and English subtitles available

07.01.2024

Always on My Mind (1993)

14.01.2024

Gift from Heaven (1989)

21.01.2024

From Riches to Rags (1980)

28.01.2024

The Thirty Million Dollar Rush (1987)

04.02.2024

Kung Hei Fat Choy (1985)

Chinese and English subtitles available for all screenings. Screening sessions might be subject to change, please refer to latest updates at www.taikwun.hk


Promotion Video


Always on My Mind (1993)

Screen Date: January 7
Produced by: Hui's Film Production Co., Ltd., UFO Limited.
Director: Jacob Cheung
Screenplay: James Yuen
Cast: Michael Hui, Josephine Siao, John Tang, Hazel Chan
Colour | Cantonese | Chinese and English subtitles
Nominated for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress (Josephine Siao) at the 13th Hong Kong Film Awards

Senior TV anchor (Michael Hui) learns that he has cancer and the TV station wants to cash in on his death to boost ratings. He then hides his condition and deceives his wife (Josephine Siao) that it is all a trick, but his eldest daughter eventually finds out the truth and it worries the family.

Josephine Siao, who became active again with her performance in Fong Sai Yuk (1993), forms a dream team with poker-faced comedian Michael Hui for the very first time on screen, under the delicate arrangement of screenwriter James Yuen. Released during the Christmas season when Hong Kong cinema was facing a crisis, the film is a return to humanistic tragicomedy, satirizing the impact of public opinion and the mentality of making quick money. Hui's character, transforming from a nuisance disliked by the TV station and his family to a two-faced man after being diagnosed with cancer, showcases a well-crafted distinct character development. The version being screened this time is the one screened in Hong Kong theatres in 1993, bringing a complete picture back to the audience.

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Gift from Heaven (1989)

Screen Date: 14 Jan 
Produced by: Clever Mark Limited
Director: Andy Chin
Screenplay: Andy Chin, Alex Fong
Cast: Carol Cheng, Joey Wang, Sandy Lam, Derek Yee, Wu Fung
Colour | Cantonese | Chinese and English subtitles

Carol Cheng, Joey Wang and Sandy Lam play small potatoes at a company who accidentally find a bag full of money and decide to keep it for themselves. Once they learn that the money was the ransom to be paid by the company's general manager to extortionists, they become paranoid and distressed.

In the late 1980s, Hong Kong cinema once again emphasized live sound recording, and Taiwanese actress Joey Wang had to perform with her imperfect Cantonese. The film brings together three leading actresses -- the disputatious Carol Cheng, the timid Sandy Lam and the embittered Joey Wang -- who shifted from office politics to the dream of getting rich overnight. The screenplay vividly portrays the commonplace mentality of the main characters who are eager for wealth but are scared out of their wits. Tats Lau’s soundtrack also spiced up the movie.

© All Rights Reserved by Mei Ah Entertainment Group Co., Ltd.

 


From Riches to Rags (1980)

Screen Date: 21 Jan
Produced by: Golden Harvest
Director, Screenplay: John Woo
Cast: Ricky Hui, Jojo Chan, Johnny Koo, Chan Lap Ban, Lam Ching Ying
Colour | Cantonese | Chinese and English subtitles

Ricky Hui and Johnny Koo stars as two lowly factory workers who are often scolded by their supervisors. After buying a winning lottery ticket, they become millionaires overnight. At the same time, Hui is told he is going to die from cancer and decides to hire a hitman to kill him. 

Before John Woo became an authority on "heroic action films", he was famous for a number of comedies. To fill the gap in Hui brothers' comedies, Golden Harvest hired Michael Hui's reliable partner John Woo in 1977 and collaborated on Money Crazy with Ricky Hui and Richard Ng, which became the box-office champion of that year. From Riches to Rags relies on Ricky Hui's leading performance as a luckless geek who becomes a millionaire, seeking revenge on his mean boss and wealthy playboy, providing catharsis for the audience. In comparison to Always on My Mind (1993) years later which also use death to create dark humour, John Woo chose to create laughers through absurd slapstick comedy and Chaplin-style physical action, a comedic style that has also influenced Stephen Chow's recent directorial work The New King of Comedy (2019).

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The Thirty Million Dollar Rush (1987)

Screen Date: 28 Jan
Produced by: Cinema City
Director, Screenplay: Karl Maka
Screenwriter: Karl Maka, Tsang Kwok Chi, Wellington Fung
Cast: Karl Maka, Paula Tsui, Brigitte Lin, Eric Tsang, Mark Cheung, Lau Kar Leung
Colour | Cantonese | Chinese and English subtitles

A bank worker (Eric Tsang) who learns that a batch of 30 million old banknotes is about to be incinerated, plots to steal the money with his friends. They conspire with an ex-con (Karl Maka) who was recently released from prison, but the plan is overheard by a nun (Brigitte Lin) who wants to convince them to change their minds.

The seemingly easy-to-get 30 million old banknotes attracted a group of people with no criminal experience to try the law, but were obstructed by a nun (religion) and the police (law). Originally intended to be screened during Lunar New Year, the film was delayed for some reasons and postponed to the summer of the same year. An entertaining all-star comedy caper with Karl Maka returned as director and lead actor after a hiatus, it features Paula Tsui, a diva who rarely performs on the silver screen, and Brigitte Lin, the great Taiwanese actress, with renowned directors John Woo, Wong Jing, and Lau Kar Leung making cameo appearances too. The film incorporates Hollywood-style editing techniques to create a distinct MV-like visual style in Hong Kong comedies, injecting new vitality into the waning comedy production of Cinema City, a Hong Kong film studio founded by comedians.

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Kung Hei Fat Choy (1985)

Screen Date: 4 Feb
Production: Cinema City
Director: Dean Shek
Screenplay: Raymond Wong
Cast: Alan Tam, George Lam, Ann Bridgewater, Dean Shek, Siu Ban-ban, Michael Chan
Colour | Cantonese | Chinese and English subtitles

The Money God from Heaven (Alan Tam) turned into a meteorite and struck the earth. Taken in by a fast food shop owner (Dean Shek), he helps reverse the plummeting business of the shop. However, the lease of the shop is about to expire, and the triad landlord (George Lam) threatens them to return the shop within a week.

Cinema City, the major film studio of Hong Kong cinema in the 1980s, broke the Hong Kong box office record twice during the Lunar New Year period with the three Aces Go Places series (1982-1984). In 1985, the studio took a break from the blockbuster series and instead made this sci-fi comedy -- a touchstone of Hong Kong sci-fi movies, even though the box office revenue was not as good as expected. Blending the plot of descending god with computer-generated special effects including tokusatsu and stop-motion animation, the film also parodied the iconic trio in the American supernatural comedy Ghostbusters series. The characters' hope of being rescued by the Money God reflects the dilemma of Hongkongers at the time, and the unity of Hongkongers in the film remains valuable even when revisited today.

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Post-screening Sharing

Post-screening sharing will take place at Laundry Steps to share the context and stories of the films selected in “Show Me the Money”. Stay after the screening and let us know your thoughts after watching the films.

Post-screening sharing of Kung Hei Fat Choy

Date: 04 February 2024
Time: 5:35pm (after the screening of Kung Hei Fat Choy)
Guests: William Yuen, curator of “Show Me the Money” and Dr. Yee Lok TAM, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Digital Arts and Creative Industries, Lingnan University.

* Post-screening sharing will be conducted in Cantonese


Curator

William Yuen

Since 2012, William Yuen Wing Hong (Wei-gor) has been at the helm of “Wei-Gor Club”, a popular Facebook and Youtube channel focusing on Hong Kong films and televisions at the 1970s to the 1990s. He has interviewed major filmmakers such as Gordon Chan, Teresa Mo, Carrie Ng, John Shum, Stephen Tung Wai, Chin Ka Lok, Fennie Yuen, David Wu, Jeff Lau etc. He has guest-lectured and given talks at the Hong Kong Film Archive, the Film Culture Centre (Hong Kong) and the Broadway Cinematheque. He began programming "Tai Kwun Laundry Steps" since 2021.