Justice or Mercy: HkRep’s Popular Play ‘An Unjust Good Fellow’ Returns to Stage
Why We Recommend it
Hong Kong Repertory Theatre’s soul-gripping play, mirroring Hong Kong’s legal system and social issues, takes the stage by storm a second time with its portrayal of a battle between legal reasoning and human bonds, as well as its challenge against definitions of justice and mercy.
An apparent assault connects four people: Pastor Cheung Yu, his childhood friend Ho Cheong, hunchback granny Chan Hei who ekes out a living by scavenging, and her bedridden husband Tsui Fuk.
An Unjust Good Fellow is inspired by the true story of how a victim in a traffic accident won over a court case due to society’s prejudiced assumption of a victim’s innocence and victimisation.
Written by Callas Cheang and directed by Octavian Chan, the play premiered in 2017. Since then, it has received tremendous acclaim during its sold-out run. Actor Ng Ka Leung’s portrayal of an Alzheimer’s patient earned him a nomination as Outstanding Actor at the 9th Hong Kong Theatre Libre. The original cast returns for this revival, including newly crowned Golden Horse “Best Supporting Actor” Ben Yuen, Sung Boon Ho, Man Sui Hing and Ng Ka Leung.