Zhong Ying Jie 1 Hao
2018 / 120m - Hong Kong
No. 1 Chung Ying Street poster


October 31, 2021


Derek Chiu gets serious. The stark black and white cinematography is a dead giveaway, but the theme of the film also leaves little to the imagination. Hong Kong is going through some tough times, it's not surprise then that filmmakers are suddenly very eager to talk about its rebellious past.

No. 1 Chung Ying Street tells two stories that looks quite alike. The first one is set in 1967 and involves four young people who get wrapped up in the Leftist Riot. A good 50 years later a similar tale develops when a group of youngsters protects the land of their elderly, during the Mainland-Hong Kong conflict.

The black and white cinematography truly is beautiful, it's the real eye-catcher of the film. The story about people standing up against oppression and its parallels through time is less engaging. While the drama has its moments, you have to wonder how much of a difference a film like this can really make, and whether it's worth going over the same points again and again.