Starting Dayo Wong (黃子華) in the lead role as an arrogant and sharp-tongued attorney, dark comedy A Guilty Conscience <毒舌大狀> premiered to stellar reviews. In theaters for four weeks, the film grossed over $100 million Hong Kong dollars and broke records as the highest grossing local film in Hong Kong box office history.
The stellar results show the local audience’s eagerness for high quality Hong Kong productions, despite recent years of stagnant growth. Director and screenwriter Jack Ng (吳煒倫), who was also behind 2021’s biopic Anita which was based on the life of Anita Mui (梅艷芳), said, “My biggest wish is for there to be another Hong Kong film soon that will break the record we set. Records are not meant to be kept, but rather to be broken. This proves that audiences can regain their faith and belief in the Hong Kong film industry. I hope that more people will go support and watch Hong Kong films in theaters.”
As the leading actor for A Guilty Conscience, Dayo shared his sentiments, “A Guilty Conscience has become the box office leading film of all time in Hong Kong history. How did that happen? I never thought this could happen in my entire life. I’ve imagined someone handing me a bag full of cash randomly on the streets, or giving me a brand new car, or even the deed to a property. However, I never imagined that I would be given the opportunity to star in a film that would make history and set records. It will take me some time to fully understand how I’m feeling. It feels like I grew wings.”
Still digesting on why viewers love A Guilty Conscience, Dayo said, “Why is the film so well-received? I read an online comment which shocked me. This person said he had never watched a Hong Kong film before seeing A Guilty Conscience. We were able to attract him to go see the film. It’s difficult to attract viewers like that. I hope we will be able to attract more people to give Hong Kong films a chance. I’m very grateful to the audience.”
Other casts members of the record-breaking film also expressed their gratitude for viewers’ support, including Tse KwanHo (謝君豪), Louise Wong (王丹妮), Fish Liew (廖子妤), and Renci Yeung (楊偲泳).
This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.