What's Up Connection (LE Blu-ray w/slip)

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What's Up Connection (LE Blu-ray w/slip) £25.35


“When Hong Kong teenager Chi Gau Shin (Tse Wai Kit, School on Fire) wins a trip to Japan, he unleashes a chain of events that will soon bring him from the secluded fishing village of Po Toi O to Tokyo, by way of Kamagasaki – the so-called slums of Osaka. On the way, he connects with a barely competent tour guide named Kumi and the shapeshifting, loud-mouthed and loveable thief Akane. Upon returning home with this merry band of schemers, Gau Shin finds his family of resourceful counterfeiters on the verge of expropriation. A multinational conglomerate led by a ruthless Japanese developer has found the village, and is determined to raze it to build the new center of world trade!

Masashi Yamamoto one-ups Robinson’s Garden (1987) with the go-for-broke ambition of What’s Up Connection: a rare bilingual Japan-Hong Kong coproduction that unfolds as part unhinged globalization mini-epic, fringe documentary and portrait of a crazy family (the “Chi” of the Chi family a homonym for “crazy” in Cantonese). A breathless, kaleidoscopic evocation of a specific pan-Asian cultural experience as the 1990s drew near, What’s Up has it all: Hongkongers looking to Japan for shopping and recreation; Japanese looking to Hong Kong for investment and opportunity – and the gangsters, hackers, thieves and Taoist priests stuck in-between it all. Scored by avant-garde trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, here is a lively film that bursts at the seams with possibility and brings Yamamoto’s project – of capturing beauty and resilience in the margins of capital – to its maximalist apex.”

Region A Blu-Ray

★ An Interview With Director Masashi Yamamoto, Part II (22MIN, 2022) 

★ Interview With critic and filmmaker Shu Kei (14MINS, 2022)

★ Interview With Actor Tse Wai Kit & Priduction Manager Bill Yip (17MINS, 2022)

★ Interview With Assitant Director Michael Wong (9MINS, 2022) 

★Booklet With  New Writing By Cheng Yu Shing 

★ Nova Alpha Credit Card* 

★ Japanese Theatrical Trailer 

★ Optional English Subtitles 

  Optional Chinese Subtitles 

★ New Cover Art by Connor Willumsen”

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