Available between May 1 - May 23.
Part of a curated section, “Hong Kong, Reimagined”.
JS Cheung, a Superintendent in Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD) of Hong Kong Police Force, went undercover seven years ago into the gang led by the most-wanted crime boss Peng Hong. Cheung successfully uprooted the gang and arrested a few robbers including Hong’s younger brother Biao. However, Hong was on the loose and he swore he’d be back for revenge. Seven years have passed and Hong kick starts his plan - a series of bomb attacks have sparked fear among Hong Kong citizens. To maintain law and order, Cheung must put Hong behind bars and he is ready to sacrifice his life to fight a tough battle with the ruthless bomber.
Festivals & Awards
37th Hong Kong Film Award 2018
1st Profima International Film Fest & Awards 2018
1st Kongest Film Awards 2018
“On the surface, this looks like an exciting action film. If you dig deeper, Shock Wave shares the same spirit as the Batman series. It is a piece of social commentary. The explosion is only a metaphor, searching for a resolution is the main enquiry. How can we resolve a regional conflict when the demands of a young terrorist are not met? This debate continues in Shock Wave 2.”
Dr Herman Yau Lai To studied film at the Department of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist College (now known as “ School of Communications, Hong Kong Baptist University”) between 1981 and 1984. He spent much of his early days in Rock’n Roll music and making independent films.
Being active in the Hong Kong film industry since the 1990s, Herman is considered one of the most active directors in the region and has made films in all genres. Herman is very good at surprising his audience as you would never know what his next project will be. A Rom-Com, a Sci-fi or a Thriller? He has to-date involved himself in more than 100 films. Although commonly being associated with big budget blockbusters, Herman often embeds critical reflection on social issues and universal messages in his films. If one pays attention to the details in his films, it is evident that he cares dearly about the destiny of Hong Kong, its people and its relations with mainland China.
In between those 100 films, Herman also made time to complete a PhD degree at Lingnan University and was awarded a doctorate degree in 2015.
Cantonese, English, English Subtitles
Hong Kong SAR, China
Bona Film Group, Infinitus Entertainment, Universe Entertainment