May We Chat (R21)

Movie picks

If you love classic youth-gone-wild movies like Rumble Fish (1983) and The Basketball Diaries (1995), you won't want to miss Hong Kong director Philip Yung's May We Chat.

It's an edgy, explosive juvenile delinquent flick that follows the tribulations of three marginalised teen girls - lonely rich kid Yan (Kabby Hui), deaf-mute prostitute Yi Ji (Rainky Wai) and street-smart bar girl Wei-Wei (Heidi Lee).

They go about their lives recklessly and fall into a world of crime, drugs, sex and violence.

Yung uses inventive aesthetics such as emoticons and speech bubbles to reflect the youngsters' dangerous obsession with texting.

Definitely one of the best films to come out of Hong Kong this year. - Tan Kee Yun ****

This article was first published on July 16, 2014.
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