Ordinary Heroes (1999 film)

Ordinary Heroes

film poster
Cantonese Cin1 Jin4 Maan6 Jyu5
Literally Thousands of Words
Directed by Ann Hui
Produced by Ann Hui
Written by Chan King-chung
Music by
  • Chiu Tsang-hei
  • Hui Yuen
Cinematography Yu Lik-wai
Edited by Kwong Chi-leung
Class Limited Productions
Release dates
  • 10 April 1999 (1999-04-10)
Running time
128 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Ordinary Heroes is a 1999 Hong Kong drama film directed and produced by Ann Hui. Based on real-life prototypes, the film focused on social activists in the 1970s and 1980s who fought defiantly against the British Colonial government for the rights of the Yau Ma Tei boat people and their mainland wives. Mostly leftists and Communist sympathsisers, their despair after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is also highlighted.

The Chinese title refers to a popular Teresa Teng song which played during the film. Ordinary Heroes was critically acclaimed, winning Best Picture at the 19th Hong Kong Film Awards and the 36th Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, among others.



It won the prestigious Best Picture award at the 19th Hong Kong Film Awards, as well as five awards at the Golden Horse Film Festival, including Best Film. It was chosen as Hong Kong's official Best Foreign Language Film submission at the 72nd Academy Awards, but did not manage to receive a nomination.[1] It was also entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


  1. "Record 47 Countries In Oscar Contention" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1999-11-22. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  2. "Berlinale: 1999 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
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