Cheung Chin Fuchai (1993)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Following up on his award-winning look at blue-collar life in Hong Kong in Cageman, Jacob Cheung directs this well-crafted comedy-drama featuring comedian Michael Hui. With his eccentric wife growing ever more lonely and his kids growing ever more resentful, workaholic television newscaster Chang Yau-wai (Hui) is already burning the candle at both ends. One day while on the air, he suffers from abdomen pains so severe that he needs to be helped off camera. The doctor confirms his fears -- intestinal cancer. Predicted to have only three or so months to live, Chang hatches a scheme to leave his family well off after he dies while keeping the seriousness of his condition from them. Back on air, he becomes a super-reporter -- nabbing a robbery suspect single-handedly on camera. With his ratings through the roof, Chang gets his salary doubled and carte blanche to do whatever he wants on-air. As the money, acclaim, and celebrity endorsement offers come pouring in, Chang learns that there is an experimental operation that might, might, save his life. Does he die quietly giving his family more money than they could possible even need or does he try to save his life?



expose [revelation], broadcasting, corruption, police, ratings, scandal, terminal-illness, truth