Ina (Ina and the Blue Tiger Sauna) 2019 Ages 18+

8.00PM Fri 17 Dec 2021 (1hr 30mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

The story of the Blue Tiger Sauna takes place in the shadows of Macau’s glittering neon casinos, where sauna is a euphemism for brothel and members of the triad serve as debt collectors in the world’s largest gambling den. Ina (Eliz Lao) is the captivating fille fatale at the heart of this neo noir thriller, a musical ingénue who unwittingly gets caught up in the underworld that her boyfriend Chong inhabits. The young lovers belong to rival family dynasties that run Macao’s cutthroat sauna business, but Ina doesn’t have a clue until a brutal murder leaves her responsible for the women who have fallen victim to human trafficking. Seen through Ina’s eyes as a newcomer to Macau, the film offers a feminine, intercultural perspective on the aesthetically rich noir tradition, brought to the screen by Portuguese-Macanese co-directors Bernardo Rao and António Caetano De Faria. JS

Ages 18+ | Strong impact violence, nudity, drug use

CREDITS

DIGITAL, COLOUR, DOLBY, 90 MINUTES, MACAU/ AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND, CHINESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: ANTÓNIO CAETANO FARIA, BERNARDO RAO / PRODUCERS: TRACY CHOI, KELVIN LAM / SCRIPT: BERNARDO RAO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ANTÓNIO CAETANO FARIA, GONÇALO FERREIRA / CAST: DOUGH KIN-TAK CHAN, ELIZ LAO I LUM, LEE KAI WAI / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: LOCANDA FILMS