The Contract (1978 film)

The Contract
Traditional 賣身契
Simplified 卖身契
Mandarin Mài shēn qì
Cantonese maai6 gyun1 kai3
Directed by Michael Hui
Produced by Raymond Chow
Screenplay by Michael Hui
So Chi-hung[1]
Starring Michael Hui
Samuel Hui
Ricky Hui
Music by Samuel Hui
Cinematography Tom Lau
Edited by Peter Cheung
Distributed by Golden Harvest
Release dates
3 August 1978 (1978-08-03)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$7,150,729

The Contract is a 1978 Hong Kong comedy film written, directed by and starring Michael Hui. The film also co-stars Hui's brothers, Samuel Hui and Ricky Hui.



The Contract was a commercial success, earning HK$7,150,729 at the box office.[2]

In The Hong Kong Filmography, 1977-1997, John Charles described The Contract as "totally disarming and one of The Hui's Brothers most consistently amusing efforts" while Stephen Teo in his book Hong Kong Cinema: the Extra Dimensions wrote "Michael Hui ended the decade with arguably his best film".


Award Date Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Golden Horse Award 1978 Best Film Editing Peter Cheung Won [3]
Best Director Michael Hui Nominated [3]


  1. "Mai shen qi (1978)". internet movie database. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
  2. Tong Cheuk Pak; Botang Zhuo (2008). Hong Kong New Wave Cinema (1978-2000). Intellect Books. p. 44. ISBN 9781841501482.
  3. 1 2 "Mai shen qi - Awards". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 28 April 2016.
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