The Decisive Moment
Director: Wong Wai-kit Vicky

HD/ Hong Kong/ Col/ 2011/ 36’/ In Cantonese with Chinese & English subtitles/ Drama (Fiction)



Press the Shutter, Honour and Glory follow;
Make the Decision, Autonomy and Conscience vanished.
A mistake made in a second, what follows?
Fame or shame in the click of a shutter. A photo journalist’s quest for precision can go so far that it is hard to tell whether the human has become a machine or the machine has acquired a desire of its own. Cheung and his beloved Leica managed to captured a moment between life and death; the gaze from the subject haunts Cheung so much that he loses the strength to take another photo.

Based on the true story of the famous photo journalist Mr. Lam Kai Cheung, The Decisive Moment reconstructs his life aided by interviews of his colleagues. The intriguing relationship between the object and the subject is brought forth for philosophical reflection.


About the Director

Wong Wai-kit Vicky graduated from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, then he attended London Film Academy in 2006. Wish, Valediction, Variable and The Decisive Moment are among the short films he has directed. Variable has won the Excellence Award at the 31th JVC Tokyo Video Festival, the Special Mention at the 13th ifva Awards. The Decisive Moment has won the Best Cinematography at the Fresh Wave 2011, Local Competition, the Special Mention at the 16th ifva Awards and the Second Best Fiction Film at Mumbai International Film Festival 2012. The Decisive Moment also screened at The 14th Udine Far East Film Festival and Festival Paris Cinéma 2012.


Festival / Screening History and Award Record (excerpt)

  • 2012 (France) Screening, Hong Kong in Focus, Festival Paris Cinema
  • 2012 (Italy) Screening, 14th Udine Far East Film Festival
  • 2012 (India) Second Best Fiction Film, International Competition (Fiction up to 70 mins), Mumbai International Film Festival
  • 2011 (Pakistan) 5th Annual International LUMS Film Festival - FiLUMS
  • 2011 (Hong Kong) Official Selection, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
  • 2011 (Hong Kong) Special Mention, Open Category, 16th ifva Awards
  • 2010 (Hong Kong) Best Cinematography, Local Competition Open Division, Fresh Wave International




Remarks shared after Festival visit

"Hong Kong Short Film: New Action Express helps filmmakers who are short of budget to join world-renowned film festivals - this broadened our horizons and strengthened our connections. For me, many opportunities would have been missed without this Scheme." — Shared by Wong Wai-kit Vicky , director of The Decisive Moment, after attending the 14th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy, under the sponsorship of NAE.




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