Title: “High Noon” （“Winds of September”── Hong Kong version）
Producer: Eric Tsang
Directed and Written by: Heiward Mak
Cast: Lam Yiu Sing, Anjo Leung, Sham Ka Ki, Jeremy Liu, Rex Wu, Chan Yiu Wing, Huen Tin Yeung, Claudia Yu, Venus Wong, Becky Lee
Under the management of the experienced film producer Eric Tsang, the soothing Taiwanese movie, “Winds of September”, has been transformed to its passionate Hong Kong version, “High Noon”.
Although it is said that there should be no fear in the midst of high noon, it is common for the human heart to experience tidal emotions. Teenage is the stage that one experiences most uncertainties and bizarre feelings, “High Noon” documents the rise and fall of these teenage periods.
The young director Heiward Mak superbly designs and directs the phenomenal film to authenticate the tough, insolent, and rebellious teenage race. Acted by a cast with the average age of 17, High Noon is guaranteed to provide you with a fresh and authentic perspective for the raging youth hood for youngsters in Hong Kong.
The world is ever-changing under the rising sun. The new buzz says that Winter may soon fade away in Hong Kong. Under such a sizzling era, High Noon will swelter your hearts with the raging teenage minds under the November Sun.
Coming Soon in Hong Kong: November 6, 2008
監製 ： 曾志偉
Producer: Eric Tsang
Passionate about the film industry, Eric Tsang has produced plenty of film productions of different scale. He has discovered a number of new and successful directors, such as Peter Chan Ho-Sun and Pang Ho Cheung, who are currently active in the international film industry, as well as Wong Ching Po and Samson Chiu Leung-Chun, etc.. The concept of developing the “Winds of September” into a series all started from Taiwan. Appeased by the original screenplay, Tsang decided to develop it into a series that spreads over the two coasts and the three places------Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, with each separate piece reflecting the local style and perspective, while also enhancing the communication and understanding for the young people in the three similar yet unique cultures.
Black and White Films
Black and White Films is one of the most active production houses in Hong Kong. It has produced films of different styles in the past few years, such as “Men Suddenly in Black 2”, “Happy Birthday”, “A Magic Boy”, and the award-winning “Winds of September”,
Eric Tsang: Besides providing entertainment, films can also be a reflection of the reality, collective memories, and can also provide a platform to enhance communications. We are glad that the “Winds of September” series can serve all of these purposes.
While the world was anticipating the Beijing Olympic Games, the students in Hong Kong were busy combating with the battle of HKCEE—an open exam that is taken by every student, and is used as their assessment for life. The nine youngsters in this movie were baffled in the mergence of virtual ambiguity and cruel reality that is filled with the influence of mass media such as internet and instant messages, and materialism. The brittle and impetuous souls were touched by one another’s love and their long for freedom that are common to and exclusively belong to youths. However, complicated family issues, frail love affairs, crumbled friendships, and striving through the choices of life and death all wear away the youngsters’ hearts in split seconds! The teens are crying out loud for the aspiration of freedom under the sun! Grievance is honestly rising in the High Noon!
Both humorous and heartbreaking, this blazing and bright story that documents youngsters’ transformations is written and directed by a young female director, Heiward Mak, who is only 23 years old. “High Noon” is guaranteed to swelter your hearts by recalling the raging youth behind you.
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Heiward Mak was born in Hong Kong in 1984. She graduated from Diploma in Design Studies of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2003. In 2006, she co-wrote the screenplay for Men Suddenly in Black 2, in addition to working as the Assistant Director on the film’s pre-production and producing its Making-of. She graduated from the City University of Hong Kong with the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Media in the same year. Her graduation assignment and her first short film, Lovers’ Lover, received the Golden Award in the Open Category of the 12th Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards (IFVA), The International Young Film Makers Award of 9th up-and-coming International Film Festival Hanover (2007), and was an official selection in the 14th Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan. Winds of September－the Hong Kong Chapter, High Noon (2008) is her first directorial feature.
<High Noon>is my first feature film. Throughout the process of research, conceptual mapping of script, casting, shooting, I believed that I was not simply making a movie about youth when the process almost came to an end—I was experiencing youthfulness with all its chaos, avoidance, confusion, ambiguity, bizarre emotions, spontaneity, commotion, suppressed recklessness, and with occasional joyous revelations but with concealed restlessness. High Noon is such an emotional and impulsive movie. Although the plot is fictional, the reality is just similar to one of the lines in the script, stated by the main character, “There are more and more ridiculous issues that happen everyday”. The vibrant youngsters are innocent and fearless under the high noon, but also tender and sensitive in such chaotic, uproarious atmosphere. This movie embraced the simultaneous breathes and screams of myself and the youngsters in the movie, both raised in Hong Kong, facing the preposterous reality and cruel youth hood. Possibly the biggest hinder of youthfulness is to be afraid to make mistakes, yet often the only way for one to learn is from one’s own mistakes. I hope that the inevitable trauma of youthfulness would naturally recover as time goes by, just like the scene that the one of the characters found the pearl, which symbolizes self-recovery.