Bends (film)

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Bends poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byFlora Lau
Produced byNansun Shi
Winnie Yu Tsang
Melissa Lee
Ken Hui
Written byFlora Lau
StarringCarina Lau
Chen Kun
Music byPatrick Jonsson
CinematographyChristopher Doyle
Edited byLau, Alexis Dos Santos
Aq Lee
Distributed byTomson International Entertainment Distribution Limited
Release date
  • 18 May 2013 (2013-05-18) (Cannes)
  • 21 November 2013 (2013-11-21) (Hong Kong)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryHong Kong

Bends (Chinese: 過界) is a 2013 Hong Kong drama film directed by Flora Lau. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[1]



Anna (Carina Lau), a wealthy Hong Kong housewife, suddenly finds herself deep in financial trouble as her only source of income, her husband, disappears. Her driver, Fai (Chen Kun), who lives in Shenzhen with his wife, are expecting the couple's second child. But under China's One Child Policy, they need to find the money to pay the penalty or the couple must find a way for Fai's wife to give birth in Hong Kong.

Critical reception[edit]

Maggie Lee of Variety wrote, "Flora Lau's debut is beautifully assembled by a top-pedigree production crew, but it remains a modest accomplishment in scope and impact."[4]

Andrea Lo of HK Magazine gave the film 4 stars out of 5. She wrote, "The film is topical and emotionally fraught for all of us in Hong Kong, posing questions of wealth and status between our city and the mainland: questions that are on all our minds."[5]


Chen Kun won the Best Actor Award at the 2013 International du Film de Femmes de Sale in Morocco.[6] Carina Lau won the Best Actress Award at the 2014 Osaka Asian Film Festival.[7]


  1. ^ "Bends". Cannes. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Bends (2013)". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Bends (2013), Chen Kun, Carina Lau, Tian Yuan - China - Film Cast - Chinese Movie". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  4. ^ Maggie Lee (18 May 2013). "Cannes Film Review: 'Bends'". Variety.
  5. ^ Andrea Lo (22 November 2013). "MOVIE REVIEW: Bends". HK Magazine.
  6. ^ "BENDS 過界 - 生活時報 - Facebook". Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  7. ^ Patrick Frater (16 March 2014). "Osaka Fest Rewards Philippines, Korea Titles". Variety.

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