The Next Reel • Season 11 • Series: Ann Hui • Our Time Will Come

Our Time Will Come

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We’re continuing our series on Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui. In this episode, we discuss her 2017 war drama ‘Our Time Will Come.’ How historical is it? What do we think of the documentary framing device? And what do we think overall? Tune in to find out!

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“See you after the victory.”

As a filmmaker in Hong Kong, there’s an inevitable balancing act they need to do with their stories and how they depict China. This story portrays an interesting element of World War II that wasn’t often taught in Western history classes – the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. Having it told from the Hong Kong perspective is also unique to us. That being said, the film was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the fold of China. Does that affect the tone of the story? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our series on Hong Kong New Wave director Ann Hui with her 2017 film Our Time Will Come.

The time has come to discuss Our Time Will Come.

It’s hard to not start our conversation with celebration of the fantastic delight we get from Eddie Peng as the revolutionary Blackie Lau. Every time he’s on screen, it lights up. How does everyone else do? Honestly, lots of performances to celebrate, and when we’re not celebrating Eddie Peng, it’s Deannie Ip, Xun Zhou, Wallace Huo, or many of the other performers in the film.

But does the story work? It works differently for each of us, and we debate why. Is it because our unfortunate lack of knowledge in the history in this part of the world during WWII? Or whether there should be a romance? Or if the story delivers enough tension in the action scenes and sequences? Or maybe the story never quite delivers?

And why does the CG in the film look less than top notch?

Regardless, it’s an interesting film with characters we generally like that shows how simple school teachers and mothers can end up becoming spies. We have a great time in our conversation with the film. It’s worth checking out, so do so then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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