A wheelchair user since a workplace accident, the gruff working-class Cheong-wing (Anthony Wong) needs assistance to carry out daily tasks. An advert for a new assistant brings Evelyn, a young woman from the Philippines, into his life. Writer and director Oliver Chan manages to instil her characters with great dignity and uses their story to explore a range of contemporary social issues that affect many working class people in Hong Kong. The emotional impact of Still Human is helped enormously by three beautifully nuanced performances from Anthony Wong (Best Actor Hong Kong Film Awards) and Crisel Consunji (Best Newcomer Hong Kong Film Awards) as the film’s two leads and Sam Lee in a notable supporting role.
Justifiably described by Screen Daily as ‘a real Hong Kong treat’, Chan’s multi-award-winning debut proved a surprise hit at the Hong Kong box-office when it was released earlier this year.
Supported by the Confucius Institute at The University of Manchester.