Tomorrow Is Another Day, a much-anticipated Hong Kong movie that shines a light on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), opens in Malaysian cinemas during Autism Awareness Month.
The movie has notably received four nominations at the upcoming 37th Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) – Best New Director for Chan Tai Lee (who is the screenwriter for Donnie Yen movies such as Special ID, The Monkey King and the Ip Man trilogy), Best Actress for Teresa Mo, as well as both Best Actor and Best Newcomer for Ling Man Lung.
The 37th HKFA award presentation ceremony will take place at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre in Tsim Sha Tsui on April 15.
The tale revolves around the challenges faced by a woman (Mo) who has to care for her autistic son (Ling) while having to deal with her husband’s (Ray Lui) infidelity and his troublemaker mistress (Seli Xian).
A graduate of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Ling is a stage actor who makes his big screen debut in Tomorrow Is Another Day. “Before making the movie, I got to know two autistic youngsters. I had the opportunity to spend time with them and interact with them.
“I even got to accompany them on outings, so that I could observe their mannerisms and behaviour,” said Ling in a recent phone interview from Hong Kong.
Having also scored nominations at a few other film festivals (2018 Asian Film Awards, 2017 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards, and 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival), Ling said he feels greatly motivated to be nominated alongside industry veterans like Andy Lau and Louis Koo at Hong Kong’s equivalent of the Oscars.
His co-star Mo couldn’t be more proud. “A performance as outstanding Ling Man Lung’s is really hard to come by. Especially since he is a newcomer in terms of filming experience,” she said.
“I believe that viewers will believe he is actually autistic. If people are praising me for my acting, then I would say it is largely due to Ling Man Lung’s performance,” added Mo won the Best Supporting Actress accolade at the 2006’s HKFA for her role in 2 Young.