The Empty Hands

Synopsis: Half Japanese Hong Kong girl Mari Hirakawa who succeeds dojo after tragic death of her Karate master and father encounters ex-karate student, ex-yakuza Chan Keung who also succeeds the half of her father's karate dojo.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Chapman To
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
87 min


Onecool Film Production Limited

HK Film Production Limited

Toba Production Limited

Golden Scene Company Limited

Novus Capital (HK) Limited Present

Executive Producer: Chapman To

Associate Producer: Winnie Tsang

an HK Film Production Limited production

Hey, Mute Dog





now scram!


You're only here as a punching bag,

do you really think you're the street champ?

Go back to teaching kids

"Street Champ"


"The Fist and Zen are One"

999 What's your emergency?


Sir, calm down

Please don't yell

If you are a mute, just make a sound

ls there anyone nearby?

If yes, please get them on the phone


The writer Lu Xun once said,

When I am silent, I feel replete

As I open my mouth to speak,

I am conscious of emptiness

My dad is Japanese

His name was Akira Hirakawa

His company transferred him

to Hong Kong in 1972

To be the manager of

the kitchenware department at Daimaru

"Akira Hirakawa"

Then he met Ho Lai Mui

My mom

Besides working at Daimaru

He also taught Karate

at Victoria Park after work

Back then Hong Kong

was a place with people of all kinds,

and knowing martial arts was helpful

Maybe there weren't many Japanese people

teaching Karate in Hong Kong

Dad had so many pupils that

he decided to quit his job

And teach Karate full time

He spent all his savings on

a 1,200sqft flat in Wanchai

The living and dining room became the dojo

So we ate and slept in the bedroom

When I grew up, dad slept in the hallway

I remember going back home

every day after school

And hearing a group of stinky men

exclaiming 'Osh, Osh Osh'.

It was really annoying!

I'm Mari Hirakawa

My dad gave me that name

Silent contemplation



Salute each other!

"Chan Kent"


I hated Karate

But dad said I wasn't afraid of pain,

and had a natural born talent

So he forced me to start training

Maybe he thought that I enjoyed it

I was planning to stop after

achieving the brown belt

Black belt comes after brown belt

And it was really hard to achieve

I remember there was a time when he entered me

into a competition without my consent

And I lost the competition

I'm never practicing Karate again!

I haven't touched Karate since then

During the financial crisis in 1989,

my uncle asked mom for a loan

Mom asked dad to mortgage the dojo

But dad refused to do so

My uncle ended up committing suicide

After that, mom left us

That's what I can remember

I became lonelier after mom left

I didn't have any other friends besides Peggy

How did we remain such good friends?

I like her coz she's dumb

All b*obs, no brains!

She won't do any harm to me

...He isn't trying to be brave by

being like this

It's because this is what's normal

Just admit that you want to give it your all

You wanna dive into the fiery pit that is love

Remember, I'm your musical lover, Calvin

- You're so horny!

- Let me squeeze you!

- Let me squeeze you!

- Let me squeeze you!

I have a black belt in Karate

Started competing when I was 10,

and was the champion of the Youth section

I've wanted to become

a security guard since I was a kid

I want to safeguard Hong Kong,

and the voices of its people

I promise that nobody will get hurt

in the parking lot once I start working here

Sounds good, where's your black belt?


Awesome! You start tomorrow

You can call me 'Bulldog' from now on

Lt is now 2:
08 am

We have the next caller on the line

This is your Music Lover Calvin,

what's your name?

Is it my turn?


- Off work?

- Yes

Must've been a long day

Are you new?

Yes, I'm Mari Hirakawa, I'm Japanese

Do you mind opening the gate for me?


"When our motherland is well, we are well"

"When we are well, our motherland is well"

"If I do not love the motherland"

"The sun will explode!"

"When we are well, our motherland is well"

"When the motherland is well, we are well"

"If the motherland does not love me"

Why don't we ever go into your room?

That bed is not mine

Im gonna leave

Don't leave so early, she gets off class at 3

Sleep a while longer

You really remembered!

Of course I did. They match

Happy Anniversary!

Thank you

Why didn't you use that money so that

we can go on a holiday together?

I can get you this watch,

and go on a holiday with you

Have you been to the Maldives?


I haven't been either

I heard it's sinking

Then... Ill do some planning

I promise that I won't go with anyone else

Ill only go with you


You're so good to me

Little dummy

I better leave soon

Im having dinner with her tonight,

can't be with you

It's alright, Ill eat with my dad

Ill see you at work tomorrow

Okay, I love you

I love you too

She has an ad hoc meeting,

why don't you come eat with me?

Dad, I have to head out,

have dinner by yourself!

Over the next few years, my relationship with

my father deteriorated even further

We always fought over Calvin

I didn't think I was wrong

Im confident that he'll choose me one day

My father didn't agree

But I never listened to him

Because I know that

nobody can make my decisions for me

Even if I lost in the end,

it was still my own choice

Then he had health problems,

and not many people showed up at the dojo

His favourite student Little Piggy

stopped coming too

Most of the teaching was done by Mute Dog

Last week, he fainted at home

And never woke up

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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