Ho Yuk (Let’s Love Hong Kong)

Ho Yuk (Let’s Love Hong Kong)

Yau Ching / 2002 / 87 min / Cantonese, English / English and Chinese Subtitles

Prémio De Ficção (International Critics Grand Prize For Fiction), Figueira da Foz International Film Festival, Portugal; Best New Performer Nominee, Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan; Invited to more than 30 film festivals

Fantasies, dreams, tears and fears of four women chasing and watching each other in post-colonial Hong Kong. They chase, seduce, resist and fantasize about each other. A Hong Kong that is as fake as real provides the perfect setting for their games, secrets, screams and tears. “Made-in-China Chan” (in Cantonese: Chan Kwok Chan) works as a stripper in cyberspace but she often has headaches. Her only solace is from a Mainlander migrant who echoes what Chan does but with a better attitude. Nicole has money and power but she depends on “Made-in-China” to play with virtually at night in order to get some sleep. Zero does not have anything but she knows what she wants and is determined to get it. Four women meet in a Hong Kong somewhere in the future. How do their desires manifest themselves in this Forbidden City? From totally different backgrounds, they look like they have very different problems but do they?

References

Taiwan Women Film’s Association Database: Let’s Love Hong Kong

Creteil Women’s Film Festival (Films de Femmes) European Tour

Yau, Ching (2012) “Many and Two of (a) Kin(d): An Imaginary Dialogue with Hong Kong Independent Filmmaker Yau Ching.” Chinese History and Society (Berliner China-Hefte) Issue 40 (Aug): 127-137, Berlin: Freie Universität

David Watkins, “Passion under wraps.” South China Morning Post, 19/09/2003.

Yau Ching, Ho Yuk – Let’s Love Hong Kong: Script and Critical Essays (excerpts), Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2002

Reviews

Gina Marchetti, “Interview with Yau Ching: Filming Women in Hong Kong’s Queerscape.” In Esther M. K. Cheung, Gina Marchetti, and See-Kam Tan (eds.), Hong Kong Screenscapes: From the New Wave to the Digital Frontier. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010, 213-224.

Olivia Khoo, “The Ground Beneath Her Feet: Fault Lines of Nation and Sensation in Yau Ching’s Ho Yuk: Let’s Love Hong Kong.” GLQ: Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Vol. 14, No. 1, 2008: 99-119. Translated into Spanish by Yoana Castañon Suarez as ‘La tierra Yobajo bajo sus pies sus pies Líneas de Culpa en la Nación y Sensación, en la película de Ching Yau: Ho Yuk Let’s Love Hong Kong,’ published in LeSVoz la revista de cultura lesbica feminista de Mexico, para todas las mujeres, ed. Vol . XIV No.44, Noviembre 2011.

Helen Hok-Sze Leung, “Let’s Love Hong Kong A Queer Look At Cosmopatriotism,”  Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex and Race Vol. 16, No. 1, November 2007: 21.

Gina Marchetti, “Ten Takes on 10 Years of Film in the HKSAR,” Hong Kong Cinemagic, 10/06/2007.

Denise Tse Shang Tang, “A Dialogue on Intimacy with Chan Kwok Chan in Yau Ching’s Ho Yuk: Let’s Love Hong Kong.” In James Welker and Lucetta Kam (eds.) Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context 14, November 2006.

Interview with Director,” Let’s Love Hong Kong DVD release, LaLa Culture, Japan (in Japanese).

David Watkins, “Passion under wraps,” South China Morning Post, 19/09/2003.

Ken Eisner, “Let’s Love Hong Kong,” Variety, 1/20/2003, Vol. 389 Issue 9, p. 38.

Ken Eisner, “Review: ‘Let’s Love Hong Kong,” Variety, 13/12/2002, p. 10.

Bérénice Reynaud, “Let’s Love Hong Kong”. Senses of Cinema Online Film Journal 22, October 2002.

Chris Berry, “A Haunting Presence: Let’s Love Let’s Love Hong Kong”. Ho Yuk – Let’s Love Hong Kong: Script and Critical Essays. Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2002, 33-37.

Fran Martin, “Floating City, Floating Selves: Let’s Love Hong Kong”. Ho Yuk – Let’s Love Hong Kong: Script and Critical Essays. Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2002, 43-49.

Helen Hok-Sze Leung, “Loving in the Stillness of Earthquakes: Ho Yuk – Let’s Love Hong Kong”. Ho Yuk – Let’s Love Hong Kong: Script and Critical Essays. Hong Kong: Youth Literary Press, 2002, 57-61.

Distribution

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