Celebrating its 20th Anniversary, director Fruit Chan has restored his breakthrough film Made in Hong Kong with plans to re-release the film on July 1.
The film, which won the Best Picture award at the 1998 Hong Kong Film Awards, made a breakout star of its lead actor, Sam Lee, who made his debut with this film. Lee plays Moon, a low-level Triad rascal who struggles to find meaning in the world he is involved in.
For the restoration, Chan said it mostly involved adjusting the lighting and some technical mistakes:
“Back then I already knew, but I didn’t have the time to fix it. For the restored edition I originally didn’t want to fix it, but because it had to be screened at the Udine Film Festival it was too outrageous not to. I didn’t want to be the laughing stock.”
Both Chan and Lee would continue their rousing success in Hong Kong. Chan’s latest film, The Invincible Dragon, a martial arts action film starring Max Zhang and Anderson Silva, is set for release later this year in both China and the U.S. As for Lee, he still acts, recently working on Sam Leong‘s film Love Revolution.
Made in Hong Kong: The Restored Edition is set for a July 1 re-release in Hong Kong.