In Mandarin with English and Chinese Subtitles
Director: Derek Kwok
Starring: Eason Chan, Gia Lin, Wen Jun
Hui , Eric Tsang, George Lam
RunTime: 1 hr 29 mins
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Opening Day: 10 January 2008
(Wen Jun Hui) is a twelve-year old kid with learning difficulties.
He is not a mute but has never spoken a single word. His mother
has been telling him that his father had flown to a remote
place. She kept on praying to a plastic flower and said, “One
day the flower blooms is the day your father comes back.”
When Wang was six, he watched his mother jumped from the balcony.
He thought his mother has flown to find his father.
young and weird person, Dui (Eason Chan) arrives to Wang’s
school and takes up the job as a janitor. At the same time,
a substitute teacher Miss Cheung (Gia Lin) arrives who is
also a weird person. Sparkle ignites when these three weird
people bump into each other.
Wang’s father, being the
rising star in the triad, is back from overseas to expand
power in Hong Kong but with a real attempt to get Wang back.
Threatened by his rising power, other triad leaders resort
to kidnap Wang and assigned Dui with this task. Wang’s
father is not a fool, he had already placed a bodyguard who
is a formidable sniper close to Wang, and this sniper is Miss
Cheung. Without knowing each other’s real identity,
a warm relationship develops among the three. Miss Cheung
has feelings on Dui and in truth, they are just like a family.
Christmas Show is coming, Wang
announces that he will sing a song for Dui and Miss Cheung
on the stage. But Dui discovers that the triad’s leaders
get another new plan – to assassinate Wang’s father.
To ensure Wang a happy life, Dui makes his first decision
in his life – to rescue and protect Wang’s father.
In the midst of Wang’s singing, a bloodcurdling battle
in the school also begins…
from Stefan over @ 31st HKIFF
thing that came to mind while watching The Pye-Dog was that
it felt like it was a extended music video. Since The Pye-Dog
features Hong Kong singer
Eason Chan as the lead role, it won’t come as a surprise
if this movie suddenly features his songs or songs from other
artist. With that thought in mind, there were few things that
could be concluded about The Pye-Dog and the manner the story
of such “MTV” style of filming and story telling
in The Pye-Dog was that it was visually stunning. It has those
captivating moments such as a “starry” grass patch
and mini carnival rides made out of recycle materials that
are usually found in the fairytale type of Asian music videos.
Music videos often utilize such memorable scenes to capture
the audience’s attention quickly as the time frame in
a music video is short and that lead to the downside of such
music videos style of storytelling in a movie.
that this movie focus too much time framing those music videos
scene shots and neglected letting this movie flow in it’s
nature pace. The fast pace and fast cut editing manner, albeit
cool, was a distraction to the characters interaction and
in a way, disturb the flow of story telling between bubbling
friendship between Dui and Wang. The characters and the actors
are a likeable bunch but such manner of story telling made
it hard to feel much for them or their plights.
of the cast, their performance was an endearing bunch. Starting
from little Wang, played by Wen Jun Hui. Although he wasn’t
really good at singing (a important note as his voice was
supposedly the crux of the climatic finale), his non-speaking
performance was a impressive one. Eason Chan as a directionless
chap was quite spot on and had great chemistry with both young
Wen Jun Hui and Gia Lin.
bit about Gia Lin was that she was able to looks sultry even
with a conservative image as a school teacher. Her ability
to balance a switch from a fragile persona to a tough one
was impressively convincing and definitely one of the new
actresses from China to watch out for.
the main trio, there were two veterans which infused charms
into this movie. Eric Tsang was basically replaying the kind
hearted guy triads but he was still able to inject humor and
likeability into his character with ease. George Lam’s
rather sudden appearance was a pleasantly surprise one. It
had been a long time since he appeared in a movie and his
charismatic performance will make one wonder why hasn’t
he return to the silver screen more often.
The Pye-Dog was an enjoyable film to catch. It definitely
had it’s moments and likeable character and cast. It’s
a pity that the film didn’t find a way to gel them all
some bites to this Pye-Dog)
Review by Richard Lim Jr