Spacked Out

Type: New Blu-Ray

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-girlscast 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. Produced by Johnnie To (Election) and written by Lo Chi-leung (Viva Erotica), Spacked Out unfolds not unlike Hong Kong’s answer to Uli Edel’s Christiane F. or Larry Clark’s Kids: a slice of 90s urban grime (replete with all the shiny stylings from the era).

directed by: Lawrence Lau
starring: Debbie Tam Kit-Man, Christy Cheung Wing-Yin, Angela Au Man-Sze, Maggie Poon, Vanesia Chu, Lam Hoi-Man, Michell Wong Yuk-Ting
2000 / 91 min / 1.77:1 / Cantonese DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • Newly scanned and restored in from the 35mm original camera negative
  • Interview with director Lawrence Lau and assistant director Tse Loh Sze, moderated by Shu Kei
  • Interview with actor Angela Au
  • Booklet with new writing by Margaret Barton-Fumo and archival photographs
  • New art by Shuilam Wong
  • New optional English subtitles
  • Original Cantonese Audio
  • Dubbed Mandarin Audio
  • English subtitles