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27th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

Thursday, March 19, 2009
8:30 p.m. High Noon
Heiward Mak (Hong Kong, 2008)

Special admission prices apply: General admission, $10 until March 11, $11 on or after March 12; BAM/PFA and Center for Asian American Media members, $8; Students, seniors, and disabled persons, $9.

(Lie ri dang kong). Sex, violence, and detention are part of the everyday lives of seven high-school boys in this tour de force from young director Heiward Mak. Wing (Lam Yiu-sing) is the new kid at school, but is soon befriended by a group of students known for getting into trouble. Punished at school, viewed as trash by society, the boys behave with utter irreverence, chasing girls, sniffing drugs, starting fights, and even mass-distributing a sex video on the Internet. Soon consequences of their deliberate antics catch up with the boys, and will test the only thing they take seriously: their friendship. Mak, making her feature debut, injects the script with a level of authenticity rarely seen in teen-focused Hong Kong films. With an unknown cast and a keen eye for youth lingo and trends, High Noon is driven by a raw energy, filled with teen angst and disappointment with an adult world that offers little hope.

—Vicci Ho

• Written by Mak. Photographed by Rex Chan Ho-yin. With Lam Yiu-sing, Anjo Leung Hiu-Fung, Sham Ka-Kei, Jeremy Liu Pak-Wing. (106 mins, In Cantonese with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)