The Midnight After
Fruit Chan returns with a rare foray for Hong Kong cinema into the realms of science fiction. Adapted from a popular novel, the film sees a minibus-load of strangers thrown into an apocalyptic wasteland when their bus emerges from a tunnel to find the city deserted. Banding together they must figure out what has become of their loved ones and the city’s inhabitants, which tests their willingness to trust each other to the test. An entertaining if slightly uneven affair, never quite sure how funny or scary it really wanted to be, the film has plenty to say about the current state of Hong Kong, its value system and uncertain future as China’s presence and influence looms larger, but an enthusiastic cast including Simon Yam, Lam Suet, Kara Hui and Wong You Nam keep things moving along at a brisk pace.