The Happenings

The Happenings

94 mins | April 3, 1980

Viewers of Hong Kong Cinema in 1980 could be forgiven for thinking the world was coming to an end. The old societal customs no longer held, and the new was open to endless possibility in the imagination, but narrowed by poverty and circumstance into a futile struggle to find some purpose, any purpose, worth having. In Patrick Tam's Nomad, teens hung out and tuned out of a society in which they couldn't find a place, but which wouldn't let them go except in death. In Tsui Hark's Dangerous Encounter - 1st Kind, the bored kids turn to a darker place, and get their kicks killing cats and making bombs, with however similarly disasterous consequences. Somewhere in the middle, then, sits THE HAPPENINGS, its teen protagonists neither dropping out of society nor willfully destroying it. Instead, they just carouse through life, drinking, dancing, partying, stealing, for no other reason than listless boredom. And very quickly, things start getting out of control

The Happenings

94 mins | April 3, 1980

The Happenings
Viewers of Hong Kong Cinema in 1980 could be forgiven for thinking the world was coming to an end. The old societal customs no longer held, and the new was open to endless possibility in the imagination, but narrowed by poverty and circumstance into a futile struggle to find some purpose, any purpose, worth having. In Patrick Tam's Nomad, teens hung out and tuned out of a society in which they couldn't find a place, but which wouldn't let them go except in death. In Tsui Hark's Dangerous Encounter - 1st Kind, the bored kids turn to a darker place, and get their kicks killing cats and making bombs, with however similarly disasterous consequences. Somewhere in the middle, then, sits THE HAPPENINGS, its teen protagonists neither dropping out of society nor willfully destroying it. Instead, they just carouse through life, drinking, dancing, partying, stealing, for no other reason than listless boredom. And very quickly, things start getting out of control
Producers Golden Harvest Productions
Original title 夜車
Directors Yim Ho
Writers Yim Ho, Kei Shu

Cast

Cheung Kwok-Keung

as Cream / Ah Lo

Lisa Yuen

as Ah Ying

Yim Chau-Wah

as Monkey

Chu Siu-Ping

as Apple

Yim Jan-Wa

as Kid

Ti Keung

as King Kong

Danny Chan Bak-Keung

as Chan Chi Keung

Wong Yat-Fei

as Gas attendant

Chan Chik-Wai

as Detective

Fung Fung

as Owner of car stolen by Lo

Tang Mei-Mei

as Nosy neighbor

Felix Lok

as Drunk at petrol station

Luk Ying-Hong

as Police Sgt

To Siu-Ming

as Taxi driver

Yat Boon-Chai

as Policeman

Stephen Shin

as Editor Liang Fan