|Starring||Byron Pang Koon Kei
|Music by||Shan Ho
|Edited by||Heiward Mak|
|Distributed by||Golden Scene|
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 the third of five publicly-released 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. His sixth film, Utopians, has now been completed and awaits release, whilst his seventh, Naked Nation, is currently in production.
Set after the 2008 financial collapse, the story follows Kafka, a swimming instructor, when he meets Daniel, a wealthy investment banker who changes his life. Daniel is openly gay, and helps Kafka to come out of the closet, despite Kafka's being Catholic, and they quickly fall in love.
Their relationship is complicated by Kafka's erratic behavior, stemming from habitual abuse of Amphetamine. Also a contributing factor is his impotence, which can be attributed to when he was violently gang-raped by three men, and sodomized with a wooden stick, after saving their original target, a woman.
After the death of his mother, Kafka goes into a tailspin, raping Daniel's best friend, Linda, and flooding his and Daniel's apartment. When Daniel tries to console Linda, the two end up having sex, and Kafka sees them.
The next morning, Daniel does Amphetamine with Kafka, and Kafka confesses that despite everything he's done wrong, he still loves Daniel. Daniel affirms their relationship by asking Kafka to return to Australia with him, where they can get married, but Kafka asks for more time.
At Daniel's going away party, Kafka is stripped, painted with silver body paint and calligraphy, and given white wings to wear (a visage which is seen at the beginning of the film). He then jumps off of the balcony of the apartment, attempting to fly, but escapes mostly uninjured.
When he wakes up and doesn't see Daniel, Kafka escapes from the hospital and looks for him on the bridge they visited on their first date. Distraught and hallucinating from detox, he jumps of the bridge, into the still-frozen water and dies, with his final thoughts being those of him and Daniel, together and swimming.
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)
- "Open Auditions for Artwalker's new films - 'Open Auditions' notice". Artwalker (production company). Retrieved 24 October 2014.
- 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.