In the early 1980s, Shatin, part of Hong Kong’s New Territories, was constructed to ease overpopulation. Compared to its big city neighbours, resources in the region were scarce. To lift his students’ spirits, middle-school principal Mr. Lo assembles a baseball team of underachievers, hoping that teamwork and discipline can turn the teens’ lives around. At the heart of this newly formed team are the pitcher-catcher duo, Tse Chi-lung and Fan Chun-wai, childhood friends with opposite personalities. After a rocky start to the season, the underdog team starts to rise up the ranks, just as the friends’ personal issues begin to seep onto the field.
Inspired by the true story of Hong Kong’s first youth league baseball team, Weeds On Fire is a touching tale of scrappy kids who find glory and meaning in the ballpark, as they eventually make it all the way to the championship and face the undefeated champions from Japan.
Wu Tsz-tung 胡子彤 (in attendance)
In 2013, Chan Chi-fat became the youngest director employed in the Creative Promotional Department at TVB. By the end of 2013, he had participated in the government-run First Feature Film Initiative and won HKD $2 million to make his first feature film: Weeds on Fire.
Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016
Udine Far East Film Festival 2016
New York Asian Film Festival 2016