Memories to Choke on, Drinks to Wash Them Down

Ye heung, yuen yeung, Sham Shui Po


Four stories (three fictional, one documentary) show how fiction and fact, humour and drama, the personal and political are complementary facets of the same ever-fascinating, complex, challenging realities that constitute Hong Kong.

An intrepid domestic worker from Indonesia wisely guides her aging but energetic elderly charge on a deceptively circuitous outing. In a nostalgia-purveying toy shop, two twenty-something brothers retrieve fragmented memories of their youth. Two young professional teachers – a savvy local man, and a foreign woman fascinated by Hong Kong food delights – immerse themselves in a shared discovery of HK culture. A politically engaged barista-cum-actress decides to run in the hotly contested 2019 elections.

Leung Ming-kai and Kate Reilly’s ambitious structural gambit results in a work that delights and gently provokes. With deceptive lightness and elegance, their film plumbs the tensions and contradictions that underlie and activate Hong Kong’s predicament today.

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Leung Ming-kai, Kate Reilly

Leong Cheok-mei, Mia Mungli, Zeno Koo, Lam Yiu-sing, Gregory Wong, Kate Reilly
Producer Leung Ming-kai, Kate Reilly
Screenwriter Leung Ming-kai, Kate Reilly
Cinematographer Derek Siu Hing-wa, Leung Ming-kai
Editor Kate Reilly, Leung Ming-kai, Marcus C. W Chan
Music Timothy Leung Lok-tin
Art Director Fabia Wong, Jack Ng Yui-hang
Production Company Gold Stone Workshop
Source Golden Scene Co. Ltd
Hong Kong 2019 77 min. Cantonese, English with English subtitles Trailer | Facebook


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Director – Leung Ming-kai

Leung Ming-kai is a cinematographer and filmmaker from Hong Kong. Kai has shot more than a dozen celebrated features in different parts of the world. These include Sylvia Chang’s Murmur of the Hearts, Johnny Ma’s Old Stone, and Anocha Suwichakornpong’s By the Time it Gets Dark. Kai has also directed several short films, including Three Boys and Lock (starring Memories co-director Kate Reilly).

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Director – Kate Reilly

Kate Reilly is an actor and filmmaker from the United States. As an actor, Kate has worked with directors including Anocha Suwichakornpong, John Magary, Lee Chatametikool, and Leung Mingkai. Kate was on a house sketch team that wrote and performed live comedy at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York. She wrote for and produced a variety show, Lock-in!, and played Dorothy in improvised Golden Girls episodes.