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Little Cheung

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Director: Fruit Chan, Fruit Chan
1999 / 118min / DCP

The conclusion to the Handover trilogy that Chan began with his 1997 breakthrough Made in Hong Kong, the bittersweet coming-of-age story Little Cheung follows the eponymous street-smart nine-year-old, played by the magnetic Yiu Yuet-ming who, when not goofing off with Fan (Mak Wai-fan), an illegal immigrant girl his own age, runs deliveries for his father’s restaurant in the bustling, Triad-controlled Mongkok neighborhood. Dedicated to the memory of Tang Wing-cheung, a late star of Cantonese opera and Hong Kong cinema, Little Cheung hearkens back to the politically engaged Cantonese melodramas of the 1950s, subtly illustrating the city’s changing climate through a series of compelling vignettes related to Cheung, his family, and his neighbors. Seeming to synthesize the whole of 40+ years of Hong Kong cinema with his freewheeling style, Chan offers it a new beginning.