It’s New Year’s Eve 1999 in Macao and Ho Yi-Cheung, having just graduated from university, is anxious to leave this confining island, teach art and find himself. He’s been haunted by a sense of abandonment ever since he was a child and his mother left for Taiwan so she could earn enough money to support him and his father, a failed Cantonese opera singer. But when his lifelong girlfriend Mei tells him that Macau is her home, he reluctantly agrees to stay.

He gets a job teaching art, but his passionate, honest, and raw approach nearly costs him his job. Feeling like a failure, he vows he won’t repeat his parents’ mistakes, deciding what matters most is making enough money to buy a house for Mei and their growing family. He gets a job as a croupier at a casino, working such long hours that he completely neglects his family. It isn’t until Mei takes the kids and leaves that he realizes she never wanted a big house—she wanted the same thing he always wanted: for the family to spend time together. That’s when it hits him—his fear of losing Mei has caused him to lose everything.

Will diving back into his artwork, and unleashing the passion that Mei had championed when they were young, show her that he is the person she always thought he was?

Credits

  • Shangshi Chen: Director
  • Mengmeng Chen: Writer
  • Andy Loi: Producer
  • Kalok Tang: Key Cast, “YiCheung”
  • Kary Tan: g Key Cast, “Mei”

Specifications

  • Project Title (Original Language): 幻觉园
  • Project Type: Feature
  • Genres: Drama, Family
  • Runtime: 1 hour 33 minutes 36 seconds
  • Completion Date: December 1, 2019
  • Production Budget: 300,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: Macao
  • Country of Filming: Macao
  • Language: Chinese
  • Shooting Format: RED 8K Fullframe
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
  • Film Color: Color
  • First-time Filmmaker: No
  • Student Project: No

Screenings / Awards

  • 4th International Film Festival and Awards Macao Macao
    Macao
    December 8, 2019
    20th Anniversary of Macao Special Presentations