Independently Yours - COME AND GO

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre  
Date: 2021.12.19
Time: 7:45pm 
Price: Standard ticket: $80. Tickets are now available at 
Hong Kong Arts Centre is dedicated to cultivating the audience of and fostering the development of Hong Kong indie movies. “Independently Yours”, 20 years after it was first presented by the HKAC, returns as a recurrent screening programme. “Independently Yours” will regularly introduce independent films to audiences, bringing them choices beyond the commercial cinema.

Independently Yours - COME AND GO
It has long been Director Lim Kah-wai’s dream to make an Osaka trilogy that looks into Japan's relations with its Asian neighbours. First, he made NEW WORLD in 2011, which touched on Sino-Japan relations. Then he made FLY ME TO MINAMI in 2013, which explored Japan's relations with South Korea and Hong Kong.

Both films were set in Osaka: NEW WORLD was filmed in Shinsekai, a rough district with gangsters and strange people, while FLY ME TO MINAMI was in a trendy and fashionable district, around Shinsaibashi and Namba in the south.

COME AND GO is the final chapter of the Osaka trilogy. The story takes place in the city's bustling business district, around Osaka Station and Umeda Station in the north. lt features significantly more characters from various Asian countries than the first two films. lt's not because he wanted it to be sensational, but because of the sharp increase in the number of Asians in Osaka - be they students, new immigrants, businessmen or tourists.

Today's Osaka is no longer the Japanese city that belonged to the Japanese people only; it has transformed into a city heaving with Asian people. Nevertheless, the understanding and exchange between Japanese people and Asian people have not noticeably improved. Given its aging society, Japan is increasingly more dependent on foreigners on the economic and social level. The Japanese people should be aware of such transformation and should become more caring and open towards foreigners. But it has not been the case and only their xenophobia has become more apparent.

We can't just blame the Japanese people for their aloofness. Foreign tourists or foreign nationals who live there have not shown much interest in Japan's politics and society either. Each has their own agendas and difficulties. Be they Japanese or not, their priorities are not the same. Although they live in the same society, it is as if they lived in their own parallel universe that would never overlap.

COME AND GO is set during the cherry blossom season when Japan enters a new era, from Heisei to Reiwa. Over three days and two nights, it crosscuts eight stories with 14 principal characters from various Asian countries as they struggle to find solace in Osaka's bustling business district. Just like Robert Altman's SHORT CUT (1993), he would like to present a tragicomic kaleidoscope of several sometimes interlinked stories from an all-seeing point of view.

Official Selection, Tokyo International Film Festival 2020
Official Selection, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2020

Director: Lim Kah-wai
Cast: Siu Chung-hang David, Lee Kang-sheng, Manami Usamaru, Seiji Chihara, Makiko Watanabe
Japan, Malaysia | 2020 | 158 mins |In Japanese, English, Putonghua, Korean, Nepali, Vietnamese, Burmese with English and Japanese subtitles | DCP | Colour

19/12 7:45pm*
*Director Lim Kah-wai will attend the after-screening talk via Zoom, the talk will be moderated by Filmmaker Amos Why (conducted in Cantonese).

While the police are investigating the discovery of an elderly woman's skeleton remains, the lives of 14 local residents and foreign nationals intersect in Umeda, Osaka's major business district. Narrating in a complicated way, some of the characters cross their paths in the interlinked stories, and other characters remain unconnected. But they all share the same dream for a better future and struggle to find comfort and meaning for themselves. Over the course of three days and two nights in the beautiful but brief cherry blossom season, the film shines light on a cross-section of contemporary Japanese society that is rarely seen in Japanese cinema.

Tickets are now available at

Ticket price: $80 / 64*
*Full-time students and senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients, HKAC Bee members and HKAC/ HKAS Staff. Concessionary tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Ticket holders must present proof of eligibility on admission.
*For each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Centre

The following measures will be implemented for screenings, to combat the prevailing threat of Novel Coronavirus:
  • All audience must wear face masks
  • No smoking, eating and drinking. Unauthorised photo-taking, audio and/or video recording is strictly forbidden
  • Staff have the right to deny the admission of any person with temperature higher than 37.5°C
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