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All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
(Chinese: 阿郎的故事, Taiwan title:又見阿郎) is a 1989 Hong Kong family drama film directed by Johnnie To
Johnnie To
and starring Chow Yun-fat
Chow Yun-fat
and Sylvia Chang, whom also serve as the film's storywriters.


1 Synopsis 2 Cast 3 Reception 4 Awards and nominations 5 Filming locations 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Synopsis[edit] Chow Yun-fat
Chow Yun-fat
plays Ah-Long, a single father trying to raise his son, Porky (Wong Kwan-yuen), on a low-income lifestyle. Ah-Long works as a truckdriver at a construction site. The son's real mother, Por-por, who is Ah-Long's ex-girlfriend (played by Sylvia Chang) left him ten years ago for the United States
United States
after a lovers' spat. Ten years ago, Por-por had become Ah-Long's lover despite her mother's objections. As Por-por was giving birth in the hospital, Ah-Long was involved in illegal racing. Ah-Long was put behind bars. Por-por's mother lied to her and told her that her baby did not survive. Por-por was devastated and left for the United States
United States
to become a director. It is now ten years on. Por-por returns from the United States
United States
with a boyfriend to shoot a video commercial. Life is hard for both Ah-Long and Porky but Porky manages to do well in school. An audition is held for a video commercial and the advertising company wants to engage Porky. Ah-Long visits the advertising company's office and finds out that Por-por is in charge. He is dismayed to discover that Por-por has a boyfriend. Por-por is all business-like because she does not realise at that stage that Porky is in fact her own son. However Por-por instantly feels an affinity to Porky. Por-por eventually finds out that Porky is her son. Por-por begins to bond with her son that she never knew. Por-por wants to reunite with her son. During an argument Porky tells Ah-Long that he is dismayed at his life. Porky says that he wants to go live with his mother. Ah-Long sends Porky to stay with Por-por for a while. As Ah-Long and Por-por slowly get reacquainted, Ah-Long is happy and thinks that Por-por wants to rekindle the relationship. Ah-Long returns a bracelet to Por-por to imply that he is interested in restarting the relationship. Por-por reveals that she wants to bring Porky back to the United States, shattering Ah-Long's dreams of reconciliation. Ah-Long decides to try his luck at the motorbike racing accident. Ah-Long is determined to win the motorbike race to give his son a better future. Por-por's boyfriend purchases an air ticket for Por-por to return to the United States
United States
immediately. The next morning, as the motorbike race is about to begin, Ah-Long steels himself at the starting line. Por-por appears at the race track and Ah-Long manages to see Por-por as the race begins. She is wearing the bracelet and Ah-Long knows that he has been forgiven. Ah-Long and Por-por both smile at each other. The motorbikes go around the race track without a conclusive leader. During the sixth lap Ah-Long takes the leading position. Ah-Long loses control of his motorbike and crashes, causing the other riders to slow down or to crash as well. As he is struggling to get up, Ah-Long is hit by another motorbike. His head is bleeding but he is determined to complete the race. As the other motorbikes whiz by, Ah-Long picks himself up again and re-enters the race. Ah-Long is bleeding and his eyesight is starting to blur. Ah-Long manages to get to the first place. Ah-Long manages to see Porky and Por-por cheer for him as he passes them by. A moment later Ah-Long loses consciousness and plows into the side of the race track, and crashes. His motorbike catches fire. Ah-Long lies pinned under the motorbike and unable to move. Porky and Por-por run across the race track. Ah-Long reaches out to them. The motorbike explodes and Ah-Long dies. Cast[edit]

Chow Yun-fat
Chow Yun-fat
as Yeung Ah-Long Sylvia Chang
Sylvia Chang
as Sylvia Poon/Por-Por Ng Man-tat as Dragon Ng Wong Kwan-yuen as Porky Yeung Raymond Wong Pak-ming
Raymond Wong Pak-ming
as Patrick, Sylvia's new boyfriend Wong Tin-lam as TV Producer Alan Yu as Patrick Yu Joe Chu as Motorcycle racer Tam Siu-hung as Syvia's mother Sze Kai-keung as Fat Man at tug-of-war Tsui Oi-sam as Fat woman at tug-of-war Lee Him-hung as Motorcycle racer Chan Kwok-keung as Motorcycle racer

Reception[edit] All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
was a critical and box office hit in Hong Kong, due to Chow Yun-fat's rise to popularity as an actor at the time. Chow won his third Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the film. The drama-based film is generally hailed as one of Johnnie To's masterpieces due to its strong storyline and the excellent portrayal of the characters. To was known as a comedy/action film maker at the time and All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
was a showcase of his versatility. Wong Kwan-yuen, who played Porky in the film, was really ten years old. Wong was born in 1978 and the film was launched in 1988. The film is also frequently cited as one of the milestones in Sylvia Chang's career. Awards and nominations[edit] The movie was nominated for nine Hong Kong Film Awards, but the film only managed to win the Best Actor award, for Chow Yun-fat, who was also nominated in the same category for God of Gamblers.[1][2]

9th Hong Kong Film Awards

Won – Best Actor (Chow Yun-fat) Nominated – Best Picture Nominated – Best Director (Johnnie To) Nominated – Best Actress (Sylvia Chang) Nominated – Best Supporting Actor (Wong Kwan-yuen) Nominated – Best Screenplay (Ng Man-fai], Philip Cheng) Nominated – Best New Artist (Wong Kwan-yuen) Nominated – Best Original Score (Lo Ta-yu, Lo Sai-kit) Nominated – Best Song ("Ah Long's Love Song" (阿郎戀曲), composed by Lo Ta-yu, lyrics written and performed by Samuel Hui)

Filming locations[edit]

Shatin Inn restaurant in Sha Tin, where Ah-Long tells Sylvia that Porky is her son The Guia Circuit
Guia Circuit
of the Macau Grand Prix
Macau Grand Prix
was the setting for the final motorcycle race Li Chit Street, Wan Chai, since demolished by the Land Development Corporation

See also[edit]

List of Hong Kong films List of films set in Macau


^ All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
at HKMDB ^ All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
at chinesemov.com

External links[edit]

All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
on IMDb All About Ahlong at Rotten Tomatoes HK Cinemagic entry lovehkfilm entry Far East Film Review by Andrew Saroch, undated Asia On DVD review dated 16th Sept 2006 Indonesiar (Indonesian-language) review undated Asian Movie Web (German-language) review undated

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Films directed by Johnnie To


Happy Ghost III
Happy Ghost III
(1986) The Eighth Happiness
The Eighth Happiness
(1988) All About Ah-Long
All About Ah-Long
(1989) The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon (1990) Casino Raiders II
Casino Raiders II
(1991) Justice, My Foot!
Justice, My Foot!
(1992) The Bare-Footed Kid
The Bare-Footed Kid
(1993) The Heroic Trio
The Heroic Trio
(1993) The Mad Monk
The Mad Monk
(1993) A Moment of Romance III
A Moment of Romance III
(1996) Lifeline (1997) A Hero Never Dies
A Hero Never Dies
(1998) Running Out of Time (1999) The Mission (1999) PTU (2003) Breaking News (2004) Throw Down (2004) Yesterday Once More (2004) Election (2005) Election 2
Election 2
(2006) Exiled
(2006) Linger (2008) Sparrow (2008) Vengeance (2009) Don't Go Breaking My Heart (2011) Life Without Principle (2011) Drug War (2012) Blind Detective
Blind Detective
(2013) Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2
(2014) Office (2015) Three (2016)

Films with Wai Ka-fai

Needing You...
Needing You...
(2000) Wu yen
Wu yen
(2001) Love on a Diet
Love on a Diet
(2001) Fulltime Killer
Fulltime Killer
(2001) Fat Choi Spirit
Fat Choi Spirit
(2002) My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts
(2002) Turn Left, Turn Right
Turn Left, Turn Right
(2003) Running on Karma
Running on Karma
(2003) Mad Detective
Mad Detective


The Big Heat (1988) The Royal Scoundrel
The Royal Scoundrel
(1991) Executioners (1993) Running Out of Time 2
Running Out of Time 2
(2001) Triangle (2007)

See also

Milkyway Image Filmography Awards and honors Ta