DVD RC3 (Codefree DVD-player required), NTSC
Director: Wong Chun
Producer: Derek Chiu, Heiward Mak
Cast: Eric Tsang, Shawn Yue, Elaine Jin, Charmaine Fong, Ng Siu Hin, Chen Bi De, Bryant Mak, Chen Xue Wen, Shui Jie, Zhang Ying, Yusuke Hatano
Running time: 102 min
Released: 2017 [HK]
Audio: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles (removable): English, Traditional Chinese
Features: Anamorphic Widescreen, Dolby Digital EX,
Distributor: Panorama [Hong Kong] 2017
Realistically broaching the sensitive topic of mental health in Hong Kong society, Mad World has garnered a score of accolades, including Best New Director and Supporting Actor at the 53rd Golden Horse Awards, Best Director and Screenplay at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, and Best New Director, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress at the 36th Hong Kong Film Awards. Shawn Yue delivers his best performance as a man struggling with bipolar disorder in the subtle humanist drama from first-time director Wong Chun. Eric Tsang and Elaine Jin co-star as his parents, who play significant roles in his journey of pain and healing.
Financial analyst Tung (Shawn Yue) endures constant stress and pressure from work, his fiancee (Charmaine Fong) and his bedridden mother (Elaine Jin) until, one day, he has a breakdown. After spending some time in a mental health institution, Tung is discharged into the care of his estranged father (Eric Tsang), a truck driver who lives in a single room in a subdivided flat. Tung's father is at a loss over how to help his son as he tries to be a good parent for the first time. Meanwhile, Tung wants to reintegrate into society, but society - be it old acquaintances, prospective employers or concerned neighbors - isn't exactly welcoming. Each day, he makes small steps, both forwards and backwards, as he struggles to cope with his illness and the circumstances of his mother's death.