GenreDrama, Sport ScreenplayScud WriterScud LanguageCantonese
Release dateApril 2008 (2008-04) CastRon Heung (Ron), Yu Chung Leung (Chung), Monie Tung (Kim), Jose Au (Jose), Jackie Chow (Jackie) Similar moviesRelated Scud movies, Related Lawrence Ah Mon movies
TaglineFunny story of sex and baseball in Hong Kong
The making of city without baseball
City Without Baseball (Chinese: 無野之城; stylized: 無野の城; jyutping: mou4 je5 zi1 sing4) is a 2008 Hong Kong drama film starring Ron Heung and other members of the Hong Kong National Baseball Team. It is directed by South African-born Hong Kong filmmaker Lawrence Ah Mon, about a city where baseball is almost unknown, and where the team plays to empty stadia. It explores several themes traditionally regarded as 'taboo' in Hong Kong society, in an unusually open, convention-defying way, and features full-frontal male nudity in several scenes. It is the first of five such films by Scud (the stage name of Hong Kong writer/film producer Danny Cheng Wan-Cheung). The four later films are: Permanent Residence in 2009, Amphetamine in 2010, Love Actually... Sucks! in 2011, and his most recent, Voyage, in 2013. His sixth film, Utopians, has now been completed and awaits release, whilst his seventh, Naked Nation, is currently in production.
The actual members of the Hong Kong National Baseball Team appear in the film as themselves, in a story set in 2004. Their isolated existence leads them to take unconventional choices in both love and friendship, and to summon great courage in the face of their lonely and disconnected existence. The story focuses on the easy-going, yet often detached, main character, Ronnie, as played by Ron Heung, and his friendships and relationships with others, both on and off the sports field.
2008 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Winners for Top 7 Suggested Films
2008 Taiwan Film Critics Society Awards Winners for Top 10 Best Chinese Films
Films by the same director/producer
Permanent Residence (2009)
Love Actually... Sucks! (2011)
A Panorama Distributions Co.:
VCD first became available on 2008-10-03 (3 October 2008)
DVD (DVD Region 3) first became available on 2008-10-10 (10 October 2008)
Blu-ray Disc first became available on 2011-06-03 (3 June 2011)