May 21, 2024 / Arthouse

A “cyclo” is a bicycle-drawn taxi similar to a rickshaw, and, in this story, the nickname of an 18-year-old boy trying to scrape together a living in the desperate poverty of Ho Chi Mihn City. Cyclo lives with his grandfather and two sisters, and drives his taxi for a bitter woman who devotes most of her time to her mentally unstable son. When the pedal-cab is stolen, Cyclo is forced into a life of crime to repay the debt and falls in with a group of petty thugs led by a self-styled poet. What Cyclo doesn’t know at first is that the poet is also a pimp, and he’s been using his romantic wiles to lure Cyclo’s older sister into a career as a prostitute.

December 24, 2023 / Drama
March 20, 2022 / Comedy
March 9, 2022 / Drama

When Aggie’s grandmother, her last living relative, dies, she is taken in by hairdresser acquaintance Louie, and Emma his transsexual ‘mother’. With warmth and affection the two slowly arouse Aggie from her listless state and nurture her back to life. Kitchen uses food as a constant metaphor throughout the film to explore emotional states and to symbolise the depth of unexplored feelings. When tragedy strikes again with sickly premonition, both Louie and Aggie are forced to revisit their grief, triggering unresolved issues.

September 10, 2021 / Action
March 11, 2021 / Action
December 16, 2020 / Arthouse

Durian Durian is a two-part film split between Mongkok’s Portland Street in Hong Kong and the north-eastern border region of mainland China. Ah Fan, the young girl from Little Cheung, lives in the former with her poor family, originally from Shenzhen, who illegally overstayed their three month visas to scrape together an income washing dishes and selling cigarettes. Fan meets Yan, a prostitute from the mainland, in a laneway behind Portland Street. They become friends after Yan’s pimp is assaulted in front of Fan by an assailant wielding that most dangerous of weapons, a heavy, sharply spiney-skinned durian fruit. Yan returns to the north-east to invest what she has earned after her three month Hong Kong visa expires.