This year’s Hong Kong submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Mad World thoughtfully attempts to de-stigmatize mental illness in an uncaring society. Tung (Shawn Yue), once a successful stockbroker, suffers from severe bipolar disorder. Released from a year in a sanitarium into the custody of his estranged truck-driver father, he moves into the older man’s cramped apartment and tries to reconcile himself with his troubled upbringing. With his social status so changed from the world of his high-pay, highstress job, Tung and his father struggle with their past and struggling neighbors in an unforgiving world. Best Director, Hong Kong Film Awards. In Cantonese with English subtitles.
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