Lazy Hazy Crazy
Official Selection: Tokyo Film Festival 2015, New York Asian Film Festival 2016
“Sensational... a beautiful work to look at... excels in its young cast” - Pierce Conran, SCREENANARCHY(TWITCHFILM)
It’s early summer in Hong Kong for carefree 18-year-olds Alice, Chloe and Tracy. Like any other teens, they have crushes on the boys on the basketball team, they fake period cramps to skip gym class, they fight with other schoolgirls over gossip, they post wet t-shirt pictures on social networks and, almost like any other teens, they have sex with older men for money. Torn apart at times by jealousy, united at others by a puppy they raise together, we follow the lives of three young girls as they make the transition into womanhood.
Hidden behind the delicate pictures of pale blue skies and pink schoolgirl dresses is a bold directorial debut for Jody Luk Yee-Sum. Serving as producer is a longtime collaborator and indie comedy heavyweight, Fantasia favourite Pang Ho-Cheung, for whom she co-wrote VULGARIA (Fantasia 2012 Audience Award winner) and LOVE IN THE BUFF (Fantasia 2012). A big step away from her previous work, Luk sets a curious tone with LAZY HAZY CRAZY. Its power relies on the subtle mood changes, on the twists and turns of three lives so perfectly tied together. The well-worn tale of female objects in a man’s world is seen through a feminine eye here, and without irony. What could be a satire is in fact a genuine portrait of youth. In this unusual coming-of-age tale, Luk expresses an unsettling nonjudgmental view of womanhood, gently navigating between vulnerability, manipulation, tender comedy and troubling drama, on the shores of realism.
— Celia Pouzet