The Midnight After

Synopsis: A night like any other in the streets of Hong Kong: in the midst of the tangle of night-owls, cars and vendors, a group of passengers climb aboard a minibus that is to take them from Mongkok to Tai Po. The group is as diverse as the city: there's a young man on drugs, an arguing couple, a woman with prayer beads and a girl who has just fallen in love, and behind the wheel sits the chatty driver. As the bus emerges from a tunnel, everything is suddenly quite still: the streets and buildings are all empty and there's not a soul to be seen; it's as if everyone has suddenly been swallowed by the earth. Only the millions of neon lights continue to blink, as if nothing has happened. The eclectic group of passengers seek refuge in a deserted café and discuss what they should do. Then they make a horrific discovery.
Director(s): Fruit Chan
Production: Film Development Fund of Hong Kong
  6 wins & 15 nominations.
124 min

Sorry, Excuse me

Who is?

Hey, Suet?

Yes, speaking

Can you cover for me; just this one shift?

What, right now?

From Mong Kok to Tai Po

My wife's in labor and

I'm on my way to the hospital

Sorry, man, I'm busy... It's my night off

Busy? You're just out gambling aren't you?

Gimme a break, I'm just having fun

What's in it for me?

Suet, buddy, please help me out!

You owe me money, but I'll wait till next month!

I don't really know the Tai Po route

Hang on, I have a winner here!

Suet, it's dead easy

They pay when they get on

Start from Argyle Street, into Waterloo Road

Straight through the Lion Rock Tunnel...

towards the racecourse

Go past the University, and take Tai Po Road

Finally arriving to Kwong Fuk Road

Alright, whatever...

I'll pay you back in six months, okay?

Huh? That's a hard bargain!

Is it a deal?

Alright, it's a deal

Hurry up, you asshole!

2am start, from the corner of Mong Kok Road

Next stop, Mong Kok subway station

Watch where you're going, Four-Eyes!

What are you staring at?

Move! You're in my way!

I'll run you over!

Damn idiot!

This ain't working, got anything else?

Better take the next one

Okay, we're full

Let's go

I... just need one pack

- One pack?

- That'll do me

You sorry-ass cheapskate!

$3,000, pay UP!


Motherfucker! You won't get away with this!

How much is it?

$13... $26 for two


I'm heading for Mei Foo now

I won't go back to Tai Po tonight

I can't...

Why not? I thought we had a date?

We did, but I didn't know...

I'd have my period today

So what if you do?

It's unlucky to do it on a 'red day'

I'm not superstitious

You're so bad!

It's not like we haven't done it before

But it's gross

Then I'll go back to Tai Po, will you miss me?

Of course I will

'F' for Ferguson, 'F' for failure!

You think? We're gonna win this year!

Just wait, Mourinho will be back next season

Sorry, Ferguson is retiring!

Not gonna argue with you

Why? Scared of losing?

Try that way

Stay right there!

Asshole! Leave if you dare!

I'll never lend you another cent!

What do you want?

Whatever, you're acting crazy

I'm asking one last time...

Are you leaving or not?

That's enough, let's go


You prick, I'm telling you...

if my dad hears about this, he'll kill you

Great, I get to go to bed earlier!

What are you looking at, show me

Found something good?

HEY, Young man!

Sit up front, we'll start soon

None of your business!

Watch where you're going!


- Hey, sit up front

- Sorry, sorry

Come on, let's get moving

There you go!

Told you to keep your nose out of it!

Okay, full load!

Sit tight! We're on our way!

Off we go!

Shit, weren't they the ones who were arguing?

Major accident; it's a big one

Operator, operator

Turning out of Mong Kok Road...

Just seen an accident, call an ambulance!

Anyone hear me?

Hey, the last guy who got on hasn't paid

He's asleep

Driver, he's asleep


Alright, I understand

He can pay when he gets off

Working leaves you beat, I know

Time to call my brothers...


What's going on?

Hey, Lam's wife is about to give birth!

What a happy occasion

I'm doing his shift tonight

He's giving me six months to pay back a debt!

Isn't it a happy occasion?

I told you it was my lucky day!

You're quite something

Calling, calling...

Hey, guys, this is Suet!

Biggie, Keung, Tall Kit!

Anyone hear me?

Hello? No-one's answering?

Anyone there?

Sorry, I'm being a bit loud

Anyone know if Lam's baby has arrived yet?

Hello? Hello?

Anybody hear me?

Damn this thing, I knew

I shouldn't have been stingy!

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