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Long Arm of the Law & Shorts

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Programme: Long Arm of the Law & Shorts
Format: DCP / Category III
Type: Screening
Length: 107 min.
Language: Cantonese (with Chinese and English subtitles)
Audience: Adults
Location: House 1

Long Arm of the Law & Shorts

Hong Kong action films have propelled the city onto the international cinema stage. ‘Counter/Action’, a subchapter of ‘Hong Kong: The Establishing Shot’, brings audiences a timely opportunity to reassess the importance of this genre for our understanding of the city. The works in this selection range from a generation-defining classic, a barnstorming crime thriller with an infamous backdrop, to one that serves as a deconstruction of the action mise en scène.

Long Arm of the Law

Johnny Mak | 1984  | DCP | Chinese & English subtitles | 103 min.

Based on sensational armed robberies in the 1980s with a cast that includes real-life thugs from across the border, Long Arm of the Law follows a gang of thieves who came from Mainland China for a hit on a jewellery store in Hong Kong. Director Johnny Mak shot on location, packing this action film with raw power. Mak highlights the differences and tension between Mainlanders and Hongkongers at the time, as well as the anxiety experienced during the pre-handover years. The enthralling showdown was filmed in the now-demolished Kowloon Walled City, an ungoverned and densely populated enclave, keeping the memories of this infamous vicinity of our city on celluloid.

'Long Arms of the Law' Trailer
'Long Arms of the Law' Trailer
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Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Directed byJohnny Mak. Long Arm of the Law, 1984. Photo: Courtesy of 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited. All Rights Reserved.

Accompanying Shorts

Hong Kong Broadband 18 Districts (Kowloon City, New Territories North), 2009. Photo: Courtesy of The Association of Accredited Advertising Agencies of Hong Kong

Directed by YoungQueez. Dragon Town II, 2017. Photo: Courtesy of YoungQueez

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