Johnnie To Kei-Fung's Where a Good Man Goes

  • Vicky Wong


REVERTING TOSOCIAL ORDER BY CONTAINMENT: JOHNNIE TO KEI-FUNG'S WHERE A GOOD MAN GOES The 1999 Hong Kong International Film Festival hailed the Hong Kong director Johnnie To Kei-Fung as a Director in Focus, featuring eleven of his films. The opening film of the Festival was his world premiere, Where a Good Man Goes, casting Lau Ching-wan and Ruby Wong, telling a story of the return of a prodigal son. The film, in short, evolves around a central theme "home". The author of this article suggests that this "home" is of the concept of a traditional home held by the Chinese, from ancient days to the present, and is also patriarchal. The film's story also tells of the "grand narratives" governing the order of the Chinese society since the early ages, which incidentally coincide with the Western view, that no evil can escape judgment and if a prodigal son returns,...