Private Project

Sunkened Island

This is the very special day of human distinction. The very last night on earth, a man gone on a mysterious trip and travel through time, witnessing tons of absurd happenings. With different identity in different space and time, he farewells with his love, he fight against the world’s injustice, and he commits his final revolution against human endless suffering.

  • Sham Kwan Yin
  • Sham Kwan Yin
  • Storeroom9hk
  • Brian Wong
    Key Cast
  • Judy Mok
    Key Cast
  • Suen Chi Hung
    Key Cast
  • Kevin Leung
    Assistant director
  • Ng Sing Yu
    Director of Photography
  • Ken Mok
  • Zaleena Ho
    Production Designer
  • Carey Fan
    Art Director
  • Natalie Kong Hiu Yan
  • Toby Leung
    Production Manager
  • Chiu Ho Chi
    Sound Recordist
  • Leung Kwok Pang
    Sound Recordist
  • Sham Kwan Yin
  • Jed Choi
    Sound Mixing
  • Ray Kan
  • Remy Lam
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Mystery, Fantasy
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 23, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Hong Kong
  • Country of Filming:
    Hong Kong
  • Language:
    Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
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Director Biography - Sham Kwan Yin

Anson Sham has graduated from HKBU film concentration. He's now the founder and artistic director of production studio Storeroom9hk. He has been a feature film screenwriter at 109G studio working with award-winning director Jevon Au, director of 'Ten Years' (Hong Kong), 'Trivisa', and 'Distinction'. Besides his job as a screenwriter, Anson also shot his own films as a director including 'The Kingdom of Men'; 'Middle of Nowhere'; 'Sunkened Island', has been selected in multiple international film festivals. Anson has also finished his feature productions 'Journey to the West' and '#1314', performance films collaborate with Hong Kong Art Festival and GuangZhou Grand theatre.

The story of 'Middle of Nowhere' derived from his experiences in theatre. He has over 4 years of experience in devising theatre works after graduating from Physical Theatre Institution. He has been working with internationally renowned theatre company Theatre De la Feuille and Tang Shu Wing Theatre Studio to tour around the world with productions such as 'Titus Andronicus 2.0' (Poland, Czech, Britain, 2016), 'Papa' (Japan, Korea, 2017; China, 2016).

Anson has also participated in a creative position in films. Due to his background, Anson has been the assistant choreographer of the film 'Three', directed by Johnie To, to stage a real-time slow-motion dance sequence. Also, Anson has also been participating in the first Hong Kong Sci-Fi Blockbuster 'Warriors of Future' to choreographed the movement of alien creatures using motion capture technology.

Anson is now focusing on his own work. His works included fictional shorts such as 'Miles Away', documentary shorts 'Feast on Wasteland' and 'The Alchemist', and planning for an experimental feature 'Kṣetra'.

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Director Statement

The city I lived and grown in has been changed rapidly. At first people go on street to fight for their freedom. The unbreakable spirit has spread through the globe instantly in 2019. However, the government did not make a single change according to people’s will. In 2020, it launched a national security law to arrest freedom fighter, restrict people’s freedom of speech. A civilized democratic city has turned into a complete police state. This is the first time ever that ordinary Hong Kong citizens need to worry about their personal safety just because of what they think and speak. Leaving this town become an option of Hong Kong people. Leaving the place you love isn’t easy. However some of us are forced to do so.

I have collaborate with Brian Wong, local musician to develop this metaphorical story. His song ‘Human Extinction’ described the end of the world and perfectly portrait the mutual feeling of people of this town. We wanted to tell a story about people who are powerless under the end of the city, about how they feel, and how they react. The story has been told in an experimental way referencing the psychedelic art which popular in the 60s America. That was the time social unrest often happen in the state. We find that such art provide a distanced perspective for the audiences to look at some serious issues. We can’t do it in a realistic way because we might be arrested under the new law. But such fantasising way of telling a story could not only save us from the authority but also make the audiences resonate without being too indulging into the bad mood we have today. The message to the audiences is clear: you are not alone.