A sex worker is found brutally murdered, and Detective Chong (Aaron Kwok) is set to solve the mystery with his partner Smoky (Patrick Tam). Soon after, Chong identifies the dead as Jiamei (Jessie Li), a young migrant from Hunan who stumbled her way into prostitution. As the puzzle pieces start to come together, Detective Chong cannot deduce the killer’s motivation. The deeper he digs, the more he becomes entangled in Jiamei’s last days as a lost youth searching for a glimpse of hope on the streets of Hong Kong.
Loosely based on a real murder case, Port of Call is a crime thriller that underplays action in service of character development and social commentary. Stylized by the cinematography of Wong Kar Wai’s favourite partner in crime, Christopher Doyle, the film seamlessly navigates the psyches of the cop, the victim and the killer, and exposes us to the darkest desires of human beings. —BX