The Way We Dance

(Hong Kong, 2013, 110 mins, DCP)
In Cantonese with English subtitles
Director:
CAST Cherry Ngan
Classification:
Sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office

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Fleur (Cherry Ngan), who used to spend time working at her parents’ tofu restaurant is now a member of BombA, a hip-hop dance group at her university. A chance encounter brings her in touch with Tai Chi, a traditional martial art that local elders usually practice for its health benefits. She soon finds innovative ways to incorporate the movement vocabulary of the ancient form into her dance. But just when she is ready to challenge another group on the dance floor, her foot is severely injured in an accident. Will she persevere?

This low-budget dance film became a surprise hit in the Hong Kong box office. It injected the local film industry with a breath of fresh and youthful air that has recently swept across Chinese screens with such films as So Young (Zhao Wei, 2013) and You Are the Apple of My Eye (Giddens Ko, 2011). The young and sensational lead actress Ngan is nominated for a Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards in the Best Actress category for her performance in this film.

"A cracking spectacle that showcases some of Hong Kong’s best street dancers" The Hollywood Reporter

"The choreography shows flashes of genuine inventiveness that will impress even those unfamiliar with the street dance scene." Twitch

"After all these years, we have finally found the new hope for Hong Kong cinema." Shu Kei