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The Sunny Side of the Street film image; boys sulks in car

The Sunny Side of the Street


Lunar New Year at VIFF

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Directed by Kok Rui Lau, a Malaysian writer-director who studied film and lived in Hong Kong, The Sunny Side of the Street is a story of a child who longs for father’s love and a father who struggles to understand his son. These two characters sketch an image of the director’s immigrant life and he sees this film as a dialogue between him and his father. Hong Kong is a midway point for refugees from all over the world, there are thousands of asylum seekers in this city waiting for the government to grant them refugee status. The film is about a refugee boy who is helped by a local taxi driver to flee Hong Kong after his father died in a car crash. They develop the father-son relationship until the boy finds the driver is the murderer of his father.


Preceded by the short film Flavours of Hope: Nourishing Community, Cultivating Change (7 min)
A CBC documentary on Flavours of Hope, supporting immigrant and refugee women in turning their cooking into thriving businesses.


Presented by



Kok Rui Lau


Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Endy Chow, Sahal Zaman, Kiranjeet Gill

Country of Origin

Hong Kong/Malaysia




In Cantonese and Urdu with English and traditional Chinese subtitles

Content Warning

Violence, coarse language


Open to youth!

120 min

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Vinod Sekhar, Soi Cheang, Winnie Tsang, Peter Yam


Kok Rui Lau


Ming-Kai Leung


Matthieu Laclau, Yann-Shan Tsai

Original Music

Julian Chan, Kwan Fai Lam

Art Director

Lok Yi Tsui

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