Autumn Moon is a young hopeless teenager who spends his days debt-collecting for the triad. Autumn is malcontent and volatile yet he has an intellectual, reflective side below his tough exterior. Autumn protects his slow-witted friend Sylvester, who is constantly picked on, constantly wondering if there is something more out there. Fruit Chan's debut feature 'Made in Hong Kong' is a electric pseudo coming of age story which really showcased Chan's unique voice. The film is visually stunning, with Chan mixing in all sorts of color filters and some beautiful compositions that really capture the hopelessness and yearning for purpose which Autumn seeks. At it's heart the film is a love story, as Autumn meets and falls deeply in love with Ping, a young girl who is dying of liver disease. It's a very meditative piece which has a lot of spiritual subtext, as Chan appears to fear the worst for the youth of Hong Kong. The style is very interesting in that it draws inspiration from films like My Private Idaho and Natural Born Killers, creating a very interesting unique, reflective piece of film-making. It's not a perfect film, but it's raw energy really demonstrates Chan's unique perspective on the world around him.
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