North American Premiere!
Directed by Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan
One morning a young man, Shen Wei (Shawn Yue, famous for his roles in Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung’s recent comic diptych, Love in a Puff and Love in the Buff), and a young woman, Tong Xin (Zhang Jingchu whose breakout role was in Gu Changwei’s Peacock), wake up in each other’s arms in the “Bed and Bath” section of a deserted highend Beijing department store – without any idea of how they got there. They had drunk a lot the night before (their amnesia is severe enough to suggest that different substances may have been ingested), and they spend the rest of the movie struggling to figure out what happened – retracing their steps, trying to find where the car was parked and where the bag containing the money was stowed, having to bring a very unusual “pet” to the Nativity set of a Chinese film called O Mary Jane, and having flashbacks at inopportune moments.
Produced by the maverick Pang, who recently relocated to Beijing, Lacuna is a sophisticated, charmingly madcap rom-com that explores the way young people inhabit the rapidly changing urban space of Beijing. As Shen Wei is a Hong Kong executive, and Tong Xin a Mainlander, the film becomes a metaphor for the relationship between Hong Kong and China – that involves sleeping in the same bed, but also experiencing misunderstanding, awkwardness and bouts of amnesia.
– Bérénice Reynaud
Producer: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang. Screenwriter: Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan, Zhang You-you, Kuk Yuk. Cinematographer: Charlie Lam. Editor: Wenders Li. Cast: Zhang Jingchu, Shawn Yue, Chu Yue-sun, Yoga Lin, Lawrence Chou.
HDCAM, color, Putonghua w/ English s/t, 96 min.