Being a writer, producer and editor for her directorial debut, Kit Hui’s film Fog has finally been premiered in the UK at the Edinburgh Film Festival, after two years in the making.
I am glad to say that this is one of my favourite films this year with its simple, beautifully shot character-driven approach to storytelling.
Twenty-something Wai (Terence Yin) is immediately introduced to the audience, suffering from a great amount of memory loss and trying to find out who he is; a simple plot which helps us to identify with Wai trying to discover himself with the help of his family and friends, building up a strong relationship with the people who he obviously never really had a relationship with previously.
Having a likeable main character who is innocently trying to figure out what he was like, trying to correct the mistakes that his old self had made allows the film to focus on Wai over the other characters. The audience share the emotional reaction to how the supporting characters react to how he now treats them, and this is firmly in the film’s favour.
The technicality of the film is equally as lovely to look at as it strongly matches well with the character’s psyche and has definitely deserved as much of its acclaim at the festival as it has already received.
Kit Hui’s approach towards the use of framing and focus through the camera enhances the story, as it serves to give a visual representation of the state of mind of our main character. For example, when Wai rediscovers a secret from his lost memory, the camera’s focus would find the background rather than emphasize his expressions.
The overall quality of the film was absolutely gorgeous to look at and is a fantastic debut from the director and I hope that she continues to make feature-length films. Not a lot of films have the appeal for both Western and Eastern audiences and with Kit Hui’s experiences in studying film from around the world, it results in a visually intricate and character-driven film that deserves to be seen.
There’s a trailer here on the EIFF site.