Durian Durian

Not to be confused with Duran Duran.
Durian Durian

Movie poster for Durian Durian
Directed by Fruit Chan
Produced by Carrie Wong
Written by Fruit Chan,
Chan Wai-Keung,
Zhi Min Sheng
Starring Mak Wai Fan,
Qin Hailu
Music by Chu Hing-Cheung,
Lam Wah-Chuen
Cinematography Lam Wah-Chuen
Edited by Tin Sam-Fat
Release dates
Running time
116 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$523,015.00[1]

Durian Durian (Chinese: 榴槤飄飄; Cantonese Yale: Làuh Lìn Pìu Pìu) is a 2000 Hong Kong film directed by Fruit Chan. The film portrays the experiences of a young girl, Fan (Mak Wai-Fan) and her sex worker neighbour, Yan (Qin Hailu) in Hong Kong.


Yan is a prostitute from the mainland in Hong Kong, living near Fan and her family, who is staying in the area illegally. Yan meets Fan in a laneway behind Portland Street and become friends after Yan's pimp is assaulted in front of Fan by an assailant wielding a durian fruit.

Yan services dozens of clients per day and showers compulsively.[2] After her 3-month-stay in Hong Kong, Yan returns to her family and her ex-fiance in Northeast China to invest what she has earned.[3] Yan remains in contact with Fan, receiving a durian from her as a gift.

Connection to Fruit Chan's other work

Fan was featured in Little Cheung, a film which also deals with poverty and life as an immigrant. This film also centres upon Portland Street in Kowloon.[4]


At the 20th Hong Kong Film Awards in 2001, Durian Durian was nominated for the Best Film, Best Director (Fruit Chan), Best Screenplay (Fruit Chan), Best Actress (Qin Hailu), Best New Performer (Qin Hailu) and Best Art Direction (Tin Muk) awards. It won the awards for Best Film and Best New Performer.[5] It was awarded Best Film at the 2001 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. The film also won the Best Picture award at the 38th Golden Horse Awards, with Qin winning the Best Actress and Best New Performer awards.[6]


In addition to numerous awards, the film has received critical acclaim. Reviews have praised director Fruit Chan and actresses Qin Hailu and Mak Wai-Fan, and emphasise themes of contrast, urban squalor, youthful optimism, and alienation.[3][7] The film as been called "deliberate and brooding".[8]

See also


  1. "Durian, Durian". HKMDB. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  2. "World/Independent Film: Durian Durian". about.com. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  3. 1 2 Kraicer, Shelly. "Durian Durian: a Review". chinesecinemas.org. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  4. Zhang 2004
  5. "第二十屆香港電影金像獎得獎名單(Winners of the 20th Hong Kong Film Awards)". Hong Kong Film Awards. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  6. "China's filmmakers invade Taiwan". Taipei Times. 9 December 2001. Retrieved 1 November 2007.
  7. Mitchell, Elvis (5 April 2001). "FILM REVIEW; Escaping Hong Kong's Streets, Aided by an 8-Year-Old". movies.nytimes.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2009.
  8. Cowan, Noah. "Durian Durian Review (posted on official site)". Contemporary World Cinema. Retrieved 10 February 2009.

Zhang, Yingjin (2004). Chinese National Cinema. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-17289-6. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Golden Horse Awards for Best Film
Succeeded by
The Best of Times
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