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Sam Lee (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Andy Lau
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Product Title: The Longest Summer 去年煙花特別多 去年烟花特别多 去年煙花特別多 (國/粤) The Longest Summer The Longest Summer
Artist Name(s): Sam Lee (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | Andy Lau 李璨琛 (Actor) | 何華超 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 劉 德華 李璨琛 (Actor) | 何华超 (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (Actor) | 刘 德华 李燦森(サム・リー) (Actor) | 何華超(トニー・ホー) (Actor) | 谷祖琳 (ジョー・コク) (Actor) | 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) Sam Lee (Actor) | Tony Ho (Actor) | Jo Koo (Actor) | 유덕화
Director: Fruit Chan 陳果 陳果 陳果(フルーツ・チャン) Fruit Chan
Release Date: 1999-07-01
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: IIB
Duration: 128 (mins)
Publisher: Universe Laser (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 4986

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Director: Fruit Chan


  The sky of Hong Kong is particularly glamorous in 1997 as splendid fireworks spark a series of celebrations. However, for the Chinese members of the British Army, 1997 means a time of uncertainty and hardship. Ga Yin is one of them. He chooses to join his brother, Ga Suen; in the underworld gang activities. Being caught in nightmares after nightmares, these disbanded soldiers still have to fight their way through...
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Professional Review of "The Longest Summer"

October 6, 2005

As with Cantonese director Fruit Chan’s previous film Made in Hong Kong, this is again set on the mean streets of the city. It’s a fascinating, Altmanesque view of the pivotal months surrounding the HK handover to China during 1997.

The Longest Summer follows the plight of a recently disbanded Chinese unit of the British Army, whose members find life in civvy street to be a demeaning and frustrating existence. Their unusual talents soon ensnare them in a web of crime, where a plan is hatched to rob a large city bank. What sounds like straightforward genre material turns out to be an intense and ultimately tragic tale of people trapped in a city that is undergoing immense political and economic changes.

Writer/director Chan uses the simple plot device of two brothers taking different paths in life, but adds a sardonic twist as the good sibling Ga Yin (Tony Ho) readily caves in to the influence of the triad brother, Ga Suen (Sam Lee). Ga Yin, an ex-sergeant and traditionalist, is shocked to find honor being replaced by wealth - however ill-gotten. Brother Suen is appropriately named “Chopstick”, a bespectacled thug whose amiable gawkiness belies a brutal persona that is emphasized through the film’s most shocking moment of violence.

The ex-soldiers have trouble readjusting to a commercial world where the focus is set firmly on customer service, as is humorously shown in a number of scenes. The latter is tempered by a chilling admission from one discarded warrior that: “Hong Kong is now the battlefield”.

Chan and cinematographer Lam Wah Chuen have produced montage sequences that will amaze many viewers. The lead-up to the robbery is inter-cut with troops training, street decorations being prepared and a Union Jack disappearing in flames - all done to a tacky but affecting nightclub rendition of Auld Lang Syne. The feeling of doom is almost palpable. The starburst pyrotechnics of the handover celebrations are steeped in a bitter irony as we watch the dreams of these small soldiers all but disintegrate.

The movie comes full circle after Ga Yin admits total defeat, for only then does he have a chance to strike back at a world he doesn’t understand. Chan’s ultra-cynical ending would have us believe that gangsters and crazed taxi drivers are the only people prospering in Hong Kong today. Whether this is true or not, one thing is for certain - The Longest Summer makes for powerful viewing.

9 pairs of silly sunglasses out of 10

by John Snadden -

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