The Empty Hands 


Film Festival:
2017 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival- Opening Film

2017 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award- Best Actress, Films of Merit

Nominations:                                                                             2018 Hong Kong Film Awards- Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best New Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Original Film Score



“The Empty Hands” is one of the opening films of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival in 2017.  It features one of the best directing effort of actor-director Chapman To (“Infernal Affairs”, 2002).  Through karate, the film tells a story of an estranged father-daughter relationship; and the journey of the daughter to redeem herself by picking up martial art training to regain her fighting spirit in life. Stephy Tang (“Husband Killers”, 2017) who plays the daughter delivers an impressive acting performance while showing her karate skills which she trained for the film. Yasuaki Kurata (“Fist of Legend”, 1994) who plays the karate coach father; and Stephen Au (“Unbeatable”, 2013) who plays his faithful assistant also bring memorable performances to the audience.

Half-Chinese and half-Japanese Mari Hirakawa (Stephy Tang)is the daughter of a karate coach (Yasuaki Kurata). Mari resents karate because her father forces to train her in karate since she was a child. Following the death of her estranged father, Mari wants to sell the dojo, and only to find out that her father left her only half of the property.  The other half of the ownership was left to one of her father’s worst students, Chan Keung (Chapman To). Chan offers to Mari that if she wins a match in a legitimate martial arts competition, he will unconditionally give her his share of the property. Mari is trapped in a dilemma, and will have to make a choice that will change her life...




Stephy Tang, Chapman To, Yasuaki Kurata, Stephen Au,                 Dada Chan        

Director: Chapman To
Duration (min) : 87 min (tbc), Th/Ed
Version: Theatrical, Edited
Grade: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: Chinese and English/ English






Hong Kong