Director: Lawrence Ah Mon Run Time: 93 min. Release Year: 2000
Starring: Angela Au Man-Sze, Christy Cheung Wing-Yin, Debbie Tam Kit-Man, Maggie Poon Mei Kei, Vanesia Chu
In the god-forsaken satellite city of Tuen Mun, 13-year-old Cookie suspects she’s pregnant. Lately things have not been going her way. Her mother left; her father ignores her; her best friend is in reform school; and her boyfriend is off selling bootleg VCDs in bustling Mong Kok. Flanked by her ride-or-dies Banana, Sissy, and Bean Curd, she journeys into town to find an abortionist.
Director Lawrence Lau updates his 1988 debut Gangs – a shocking account of underage Triads – with an all-girls cast surviving on the lowest rungs of gang-life after the bosses have long gone legit. Swimming in turn-of-century malaise, this Category III youth drama offers a slice of urban grime as our quartet, who can only rely on themselves, navigate drug abuse, bad boyfriends and library books way past their due dates.
“A bracing and pointedly critical antidote to the male-centered triad youth films of the late 1990s…” -Shelly Kracier“
“Lawrence Ah Mon is a national treasure and his movies are social realist Molotov cocktails that set your heart on fire. Spacked Out takes a radical idea — what if the lives of teenaged girls actually mattered? — and drives it hard until it reaches the point where teen angst transforms into near-religious illumination.” -Grady Hendrix