Hong Kong 1941

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Hong Kong 1941
DVD cover
Traditional 等待黎明
Simplified 等待黎明
Mandarin Děng Dài Lí Míng
Cantonese Dang2 Doi6 Lai4 Ming4
Directed by Po-Chih Leong
Produced by John Shum
Written by John Chan
Sammo Hung[1]
Starring Chow Yun-fat
Cecilia Yip
Alex Man
Music by Violet Lam
Cinematography Brian Lai
Edited by Peter Cheung
Release date
1 November 1984 (1984-11-01)
Running time
100 min
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$7.22 million.[1]

Hong Kong 1941 (Chinese: 等待黎明) is a 1984 Hong Kong war drama film, directed by Po-Chih Leong and written by Sammo Hung, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Cecilia Yip and Alex Man. For his performance in this film, Chow was awarded his first Golden Horse Award for Best Actor.[2]


The film takes places shortly before and during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. The story of three young friends focuses on their sufferings as Hong Kong falls under oppressive occupation.

Years later, a woman narrates her personal story of the Japanese takeover of Hong Kong in 1941. She's Nam, young, attractive, daughter of a wealthy rice merchant, and prey to painful, disabling seizures. Her boyhood friend is Coolie Keung, whose family used to have wealth; he's now impoverished, a tough kid, a leader, in love with her. Into the mix steps Fei, cool and resourceful, an actor from the north, intent on getting to Gold Mountain in the US or Australia. They form a trio, but the day they are to leave Hong Kong, the invasion stops them. Fei must rescue Keung from collaborators, Nam falls in love with Fei, and danger awaits their next attempt to escape

Cast and roles[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Ceremony Category Name Outcome
22nd Golden Horse Awards
Best Actor Chow Yun-fat Won
Alex Man Nominated
4th Hong Kong Film Awards
Best Film Nominated
Best Director Po-Chih Leong Nominated
Best Screenplay John Chan Nominated
Best Actor Chow Yun-fat Nominated
Best Actress Cecilia Yip Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Angela Yu Chien Nominated
Best Cinematography Brian Lai Won
Best Editing Peter Cheung Nominated


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