2021, Cantonese, 99mins, DCP, Colour
Once famous for his quick blade, a washed-out hitman can no longer earn a living with his cut-throat skills even in a “knife-cut noodles” shop. Summoned again by his former licensee, now a fading singer-cum-owner of a song club, he reunites with his chauffeur to carry out special missions – fulfilling the wishes of old people looking to kill themselves. Unexpectedly commissioned by a young girl who has been deserted by her parents and lover, the “Elderly’s Angel” squad finds their deadly assignment turns into affecting foster care of a “granddaughter”. Produced by Lam Ka-tung, first-time director Ricky Ko’s black comedy slashes open the loneliness and lost ideals of old age, in a satirical story full of clever twists and hyper-stylised nods to classic Hong Kong cinema. Patrick Tse and Petrina Fung, two veteran thespians from Hong Kong’s golden age of Cantonese cinema, prove that they still rule the screen – and the time.
Festivals & Awards
International Film Festival Rotterdam
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Udine Far East Film festival
Ricky Ko is a Hong Kong director and actor. He served as executive director for a number of acclaimed films including All’s Well, Ends Well Too 2010 (2010), Ip Man: The Final Fight (2013), Project Gutenberg (2018) and The New King of Comedy (2019). He also acted in Angel Whispers (2015) among other films. Time is his directorial debut.
|Scriptwriter||Ho Ching-yi, Lam Ka-tung|
|Cinematographer||Jam Yau (H.K.S.C)|
|Art Director||Yeung Yiu-wah|
|Sound||Nip Kei-wing, Chan Chi-yeung|
|Cast||Patrick Tse, Petrina Fung,
Lam Suet, Chung Suet-ying
|Production||Homemade Production Limited|
|World Sales||Edko Films Limited|