The Longest Nite

The Longest Nite

Film Poster
Directed by
Produced by
Written by
Music by Raymond Wong[1]
Cinematography Ko Chiu-lam[1]
Edited by Chan Chi-wai[1]
Release dates
  • 1 January 1998 (1998-01-01) (Hong Kong)
Running time
84 minutes[1]
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$9,562,090.00

The Longest Nite (Chinese: 暗花, Literal Title: Dark Flowers) is a 1998 Hong Kong crime thriller film directed by Patrick Yau and Johnnie To, starring Lau Ching-wan and Tony Leung Chiu-wai. The film was produced by To and Wai Ka-fai along with their production company, Milkyway Image.


Wai Ka-fai re-wrote most of the script of The Longest Nite with Johnnie To. To and Wai had the film take place in Macau based on the chaos the area was experiencing at the time of filming.[2] Wai Ka-fai has stated that most of The Longest Nite was directed by To.[3] To took over directing the film after Patrick Yau had shot five scenes with Wai Ka-fai re-writing the script as they were shooting.[4] Large portions of the film were shot in Macau.[2]

The Hong Kong title of the film translates to Dark Flowers, a slang for an underworld contract.[5]


The Longest Nite was released in Hong Kong on 1 January 1998.[1] The film grossed a total of HK$9,562,090 on its release.[1] The Longest Nite was not a box office success in Hong Kong, which led to Milkyway Image developing more commercial films such as Needing You... (2000).[6]


In Variety, Derek Elley referred to the film as "at the very least an attention-grabbing movie that puts a new spin on Hong Kong crimers" and "the movie has something of the risk-taking spirit that first drove the H.K. New Wave almost 20 years ago."[7]

Awards and nominations

Ceremony Category Name Outcome
19th Hong Kong Film Awards[8]
Best Director Patrick Yau Nominated
Best Screenplay Szeto Kam-Yuen, Yau Nai-hoi Nominated
Best Actor Lau Ching-wan Nominated
Best Actor Tony Leung Nominated
Best Film Editing Chan Chi-wai Nominated
5th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards[9]
Film of Merit Won

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "The Longest Nite". Hong Kong Film Archive. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. 1 2 Teo, 2007. pp.231
  3. Teo, 2007. pp.87
  4. Hendrix, Grady (May–June 2014). "Milestones.". Film Comment. 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023-6595, USA. L (3): 42–43.
  5. Stewart, Bhob. "The Longest Nite (1998)". Allmovie. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. "Interview: Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai". Senses of Cinema. December 2001. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. Elley, Derek (16 March 1998). "Am Fa.". Variety. Retrieved 12 September 2014. (subscription required (help)).
  8. "二屆香港電影金像獎得獎名單". Hong Kong Film Awards. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  9. "第六屆香港電影評論學會大獎". Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards. 1 February 1999. Retrieved 21 October 2013.


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