|Starring||Byron Pang Koon Kei
|Music by||Shan Ho
|Edited by||Heiward Mak|
|Distributed by||Golden Scene|
|Running time||97 minutes|
Amphetamine (Chinese: 安非他命; Jyutping: on1 fei1 taa1 ming6) is a 2010 Hong Kong film starring Byron Pang and Thomas Price. It revolves around the story of a Chinese fitness trainer, Kafka, who meets Daniel, a business executive. The film is directed by acclaimed Hong Kong Chinese film-maker Scud, the stage name of Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung. It was nominated for a Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival of 2010. It explores several themes traditionally regarded as 'taboo' in Hong Kong society in an unusually open, convention-defying way, and features full-frontal male nudity in several scenes. It is one of five such films by Scud. The four others are: City Without Baseball, released in 2008, Permanent Residence in 2009, Love Actually... Sucks! in 2011, and his most recent, Voyage, in 2013.
Kafka is straight while Daniel happens to be gay. The young men fall in love, believing that their love can bridge anything, despite their difference in sexuality and Kafka's drug-taking. Daniel does not regret his love for Kafka, who tries to love him back against his nature. But a flashback memory from Kafka's past makes it difficult for their relationship to work. It turns out that their addiction to love proves more fatal than the drugs they use to explore the boundaries of their friendship.
The film stars Hong Kong Chinese actor and former model Byron Pang (Cantonese: Pang Koon-Kei), who was a runner-up contestant for Mr. Hong Kong in 2005, and Thomas Price, a half Chinese-half British actor who appeared in Permanent Residence and City Without Baseball. Like Scud's previous films, Permanent Residence (made in 2009) and the earlier City Without Baseball (2008), Amphetamine features full-frontal male nudity in many scenes, in among others, an outdoor fight scene in which Pang is stripped naked by other guys, gym showers, and a leap from a public building, in which Pang wears 'wings', and his whole body is covered in calligraphy and silver paint.
Amphetamine examines the limit of passion, and is the second of a trilogy: the first, called Permanent Residence, examines the limit of life, while the third, known as Life of an Artist, examines the limits of art. Amphetamine was screened at the Berlin International Film Festival on 15 February 2010, and was also shown at the Hong Kong International Film Festival on its final day (6 April 2010). The third film has not yet been released.
VCD, DVD & Blu-ray
An uncut version of this ArtWalker film was internationally released on a Panorama (HK) VCD, DVD and on Blu-ray Disc on 24 September 2010.
The level III-rated film met controversy in Hong Kong when the Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority asked for several shots of anal intercourse to be cut before public screening. As the whole film had been allowed to screen as the closing film of the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival, Scud protested against the authority's decision and complained to the Chief Executive Donald Tsang. The shots in concern were finally blackened-out but with sound in public screening as a protest by Scud.
Films by the same director/producer
- City Without Baseball (2008)
- Permanent Residence (2009)
- Love Actually... Sucks! (2011)
- Voyage (2013)
- Hong Kong films of 2010
- List of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films
- List of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender-related films by storyline
- Nudity in film (East Asian cinema since 1929)
- Closing Films, The 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival
- 謝凱瑩 (31 March 2010). "《安非他命》導演函特首 求「完整」公映 雞姦內容被刪 轟電檢雙重標準" [Director of Amphetamine wrote to the Chief Executive to request full public screening]. Mingpao (in Chinese).
- "《安非他命》雞姦戲變「黑畫面」准上映" [Amphetamine anal intercourse shots are changed to blackout for public screening]. Mingpao (in Chinese). 1 April 2010.