Last Exit to Kai Tak

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SYNOPSIS

As the face of the Umbrella Movement, Joshua Wong flies around the world advocating and being celebrated for his activism; back in Hong Kong he hopes to convert his popularity into an election win. But the threat of jail for role in the Umbrella Movement is never far away.

Canto-popstar turned democracy activist, Denise Ho parts ways with her record company and struggles with the transformation from Cantopop queen to an independent politically conscious rock musician.

L’enfant terrible of Hong Kong’s democracy movement, Wong Yeung Tat, is challenged to a boxing match by a pro-establishment goon who has taken exception to Tat’s rhetoric online. The resulting boxing match descends into the absurd and darkly comic.

Third culture kid, Ed Lau, watches his mother die from cancer and resolves to do something of meaning to combat his nagging sense that his involvement in the Umbrella Movement was all for nothing. Using his inheritance to fund his campaign he launches a bid to run for public office.

Longtime right-hand man to Joshua Wong, unlikely theology student and part-time talk radio DJ, Derek Lam, struggles to earn a living and to find his way in life. His activism having stymied his job options, to make ends meet Derek slaves for Joshua’s new political party and persuades Ed Lau to finance his local Hong Kong craft beer social initiative.

Kaleidoscopic and kinetic, this is cinema vérité at its very best.

This transgressive gonzo doc paints an epic vision of Hong Kong S.A.R. as it comes of age.

DIRECTOR STATEMENT

Beginning work on this film I knew I wanted to make something quite different in terms of style, something that would confound those who had seen my previous work and something that would reflect the variety of voices within Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp.

I set out to make a film that was not about the Umbrella Movement, but rather of the Umbrella Movement. ‘Last Exit to Kai Tak’ does not address the Umbrella Movement directly, but rather it attempts to explore its consequences at a human level.

I set out to make a documentary that was not like traditional documentaries. I wanted to eschew the interview-driven documentary, but also the cold supposed objectivity of cinéma vérité or direct cinema. I wanted to convey to the viewer not just what I saw but how I felt as the events unfolded in front me. Instead of striving for a forever just out of reach objectivity, I wanted to embrace the subjectiveness of documentary. Celebrate it even. I later came to realise, what I was trying to make was a gonzo documentary.

In an attempt to reflect the multitude of voices within the Umbrella Movement I knew I needed multiple characters. During the time this film was coming into focus, I was heavily influenced by multi-storied, ensemble cast films, such as Robert Altman’s ‘Short Cuts’ (1993). I liked that these films were less about the individual people and more the cast of characters as a whole and the environments that they operate in. This struck a chord with me as its always been the city, Hong Kong, and its people as a whole, rather than individuals, that have inspired me. It’s vast energy and spectacular contradictions grabbed me many years ago and have never let go. My work is an ethnographical attempt to capture this energy and its contradictions, try to make sense of them and in return offer it back to the city and its inhabitants.

FILMMAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Matthew TORNE – Director, Producer

Matthew Torne is best known for producing ‘Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower’ a feature-length documentary that won the Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Producer’s Guild of America Award. Prior to producing ‘Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower’ Matthew produced and directed the feature-length documentary ‘Lessons in
Dissent’ (2014), which premiered at the 38th Hong Kong International Film Festival and was an Associate Producer on the Emmy winning Enemies of the People (2010). He was recently inducted into the Producers Guild of America and has recently finished shooting a new documentary in Vietnam.

Jonathan YOUNG – Cinematographer, Producer

Jonathan Lele Young has been the Director of Photography on six feature-length documentaries. Jonathan was the director of photography for the Sundance Award-winning documentary ‘Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower’. In early 2017 he filmed ‘Operation Red Sea’ a Chinese action movie, which has grossed over USD$570 million. He has worked in the camera department on over fifty films and documentaries working with some of the biggest names in Hong Kong cinema, such as Johnnie To, Wong Jing and Christopher Doyle as a camera operator. He holds an MA with distinction in Cinematography from the prestigious Polish National Film School in Lodz. He is a member of the Hong Kong Professional Filmmakers’ Association.

CREDITS

Directed and Produced by

MATTHEW TORNE

Director of Photography and Producers by

JONATHAN YOUNG

Associate Producers

REX LEE KARKIU TANG

Executive Producers

THE LEE FAMILY GEORGE CAUTHERLEY ALEX LEUNG
E. NG
M. F. CHAN
MATTHEW TORNE

Additional Cameras

DESMOND CHAN

ALISON LAM SEAN LEE NICOLE HO TERENCE LEE MARK LAM ELVIS NG

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Post Production Services

BRAINY MONKEY POST PRODUCTION LTD

Translation

REX LEE KARKIU TANG

Sound Recording

REX LEE

ADR and VO Recording

KIT TANG

Sound Editor

JAMIE GAMACHE

Foley Artist

KAROLINA JEDRZEJCZYK

Dubbing Mixer
KATH POLLARD & ROLAND HEAP

Sound Post-Production Services

SOUND DISPOSITION

Sound Recording Services

RED SOUND RECORDING STUDIO

Colorist & Digital Conform

ANDRIJ EVANS

Graphic Design

ANDRIJ EVANS

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Music Licensing

IVAN CHANDLER at MUSICALITIES LTD

Additional Music Licensing

AUDIO NETWORK LTD

CAST

WONG YEUNG TAT

ED LAU

DENISE HO

DEREK LAM

JOSHUA WONG

NATHAN LAW

YAN YAN MAK

SELINA HIU

SAM YIP KAM LUNG

STEVE NG WING TAK

SELINA LAU

TED HUI

CHAN SAU WAI

ANDY CHAN

MARTIN LEE

MARK LAGON

KEN JUSTER

PETER MANIKAS

BENNY TAI

INDIRA LASHMANAN

CHRISTINE SAMSON COW

MAN KAI MING JACKY –

TEDDY BOY MAN SHEK FONG

YAU YANKEE WAN

CHOW CHEUK KIU

AGNES CHOW

ALEX CHOW

YVONNE LEUNG BALL

MAK PO

LO TAK CHI

WONG YUK MAN

CHARLES VAUGHAN

RYAN TANG

CATHY NEWMAN

CHERRY LEUNG

TOBIAS LEUNG

JUSTIN YIM

LAM CHUN CHING

DAPHNE TANG

NATHAN MINTZ

MARGRET NG

JOCKEY AU HO CHING

RAY FONG

STEPHEN CHAN

HARRIS HO

VERONICA LEE

SONY CHENG

YINGCFOO

CM GROOVY

STEPHEN S. WONG

CAROLE CHAN

TAM LOK HANG

PASSION TIMES’ ALVIN

PASSION TIMES’ JOEY


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MUSIC

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‘Dear Mr President’
Written By: Alecia Moore and Billy Mann Performed By: Denise Ho
Courtesy of: Sony ATV Music and BMG Rights

Carousel Pt. 2
Written By: Nathaniel Miller & John Padgett Performed By: Johnny Jewel
Courtesy of: Kobalt Music and Italians Do It Better

City of Angels
Written By: Jack Hues & Nick Feldman Performed By: Wang Chung Courtesy of: Kobalt Music & David Geffen Company

Father and Son
Written By: Jeff Grace
Performed By: Jeff Grace
Courtesy of: Tummomusic and Milan Entertainment

Wanna Fight
Written By: Cliff Martinez Performed By: Cliff Martinez Courtesy of: Gaumont & Editions La Maguerite

We Are the Youth
Written By: Bronwyn Griffin and Austin Garrick Performed By: Electric Youth Courtesy of: Domino Music and Mute

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“沙”
Written By: Wyman Wong Performed By: Denise Ho Courtesy of: EMI and Fujipacific

你是⼋八⼗十年年代

Written By: Wyman Wong & Chung Sai Ying

Performed By: Denise Ho

Courtesy of: Universal Music & EMI

⽊木紋
Written By: 張繼聰 and Wyman Wong

Performed By: Denise Ho

Courtesy of: Universal Music and Fujipacific

⼈人之所貴

Performed By: Boyz Reborn Courtesy of: Passion Music Ministry

Liar
Written By: David O’Brien Courtesy of: Audio Network Ltd

Conversations with Angels Written by: Luke Richards Courtesy of: Audio Network Ltd

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