Sid (Jaycee Chan, son of action star Jackie Chan) is a smart-mouthed wannabe rock-star drummer and son of a Hong Kong gangster. Recklessly overconfident, he challenges his father’s dangerous associate Stephen Ma (Kenneth Tsang) by pursuing Ma’s girlfriend Carmen (Yumiko Cheng). When Ma demands that Sid’s furious father Kwan (Tony Leung Ka Fai) punish him, even Sid’s headstrong sister (Josie Ho) can’t protect him. After a violent chase, Sid is forced to hide in the tranquil hills of Taiwan with Kwan’s dubious right-hand man (Roy Cheung).
Struggling with boredom and looking to escape, Sid inadvertently discovers a group of Zen drummers. Drawn to the power of the drums, he confronts the group and insists on joining them. While the members are skeptical, the Master decides to accept him as a student. Sid’s patience is tested as he is assigned to daily domestic chores. Instantly clashing with a fiery junior member of the group, Hong Dou (Angelica Lee), he must learn to realize that the art of music is not defined by power. But just as harmony begins to captivate his turbulent spirit, his dark past finds him again and he must choose between his new ways or the life he was born into. Part gangster drama, part spiritual journey, The Drummer features a powerful soundtrack and a delightful performance by Jaycee Chan as he takes on the most physically and emotionally demanding role of his young career.
The Drummer stars some of the most celebrated actors and actresses in Chinese cinema today. The cast also features bona fide Zen drummers from renowned Taiwanese group U Theatre.
–Alice Shih and Heather Keung
Rosa Li, Peggy Chiao, Rhanassis Karathanos
Isabel Meier, Kenneth Bi
Jaycee Chan, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Angelica Lee, Josie Ho
Kenneth Bi was born in Hong Kong and graduated with honours in theatre/film from Brock University (Canada) in 1989. He has written, acted, and directed numerous theatre, film, and music video productions in Canada and Hong Kong. His feature film debut was A Small Miracle (2000) (Reel Asian ’01). His second feature, Rice Rhapsody (Hainan Ji Fan, 2004), has won numerous awards worldwide, including Best New Director at the 2006 Hong Kong Film Awards. The Drummer is his third feature film.
Favorite Dramatic Film, Locarno International Film Festival
Top Five Audience Favorites, Seattle International Film Festival
Critics’ Pick, Sundance Film Festival
Best Supporting Actor Award, Taipei Golden Horse