Director Derek Yee shifted gears into gripping thriller territory with ONE NITE IN MONGKOK, a gangland tale set in motion when a triad war escalates in Hong Kong’s most crowded and colorful district. An assassin from the mainland is hired by a gang boss to kill a rival leader but plans start to go awry when the killer, Lai Fu (Daniel Wu), crosses paths with Chinese prostitute Dan Dan (Cecilia Cheung) and protects her from a rough customer. As they go into hiding from Dan Dan’s assailant, Lai Fu finds out a police team led by Officer Milo (Alex Fong) is on his trail with assistance from the underworld figure who brought him to Hong Kong in the first place.
ONE NITE IN MONGKOK was heralded as one of the best films to come out of Hong Kong in 2004. With a taut script set in the constraint confines of Mongkok District, and a powder-keg of a story taking place over a 36 hour period, the strong acting complement the entire package. Daniel Wu, who has established a strong foothold in the Hong Kong film scene, leads a strong cast. The film would win the Best Director and Best Screenplay trophies at the 24th Hong Kong Film Awards.
HIFF is honored to bring back ONE NITE IN MONGKOK with this special return engagement with actor Daniel Wu in attendance!