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The Last Roar of a Mother Bear

Xiong mama zuihou de baoxiao

Gateway | Dragons & Tigers

One of the strangest murder-mystery black-comic art-horror-thrillers of the year: in 1990, an obsessive Macanese cop (played by director Doug Chan himself) unravels two murders, one that took place in 1979 and the other in 1990.

Set in a pre-handover Macao drenched in atmospheric decay, the action opens with a frenzied scene of abduction and murder. Bela, a young mother, cowers in her apartment, protecting her daughter Nicole from a kidnapper who shoots two cops in cold blood while abducting Nicole’s young playmate Aldo. Eleven years later, Nicole, now a bride, disappears during her wedding celebration and is mysteriously murdered. Is the young man who sends a secret videotape of Nicole’s abduction connected to the violence of 1979?

Macao-based Hong Kong director Chan follows up his 2002 art-house favourite Love Is Not a Sin with this long-awaited, immensely entertaining, really weird, utterly unique genre experiment. With a compulsively seductive rhythm mixing tension-building stillness with spasms of crazy brutality, Chan weaves images of mad memories and past and future traumas in this absurdist, compulsively watchable collage of violence, humour and obsession.
Shelly Kraicer

International premiere
Director Doug Chan
Country of Origin: Macao
Year: 2017
Running Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP
Language:In Cantonese with English subtitles
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Cast: Shannian Chan, Lucy Fong, Shanguo Chan, Shanti Chan, Akimoto Chan, Doug Chan
Producer: Doug Chan
Cinematographer: Marble Leong, Zachary Fong
Editor: Doug Chan
Production Design: Chan Ka-keong
Music: Antonio Vale de Conceição
Production Company: Craxh Production Company
Print Source: Ying E Chi Ltd.


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