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2018 Asian American International Film Festival


Directed by Ben Hoskyn

NARRATIVE FEATURES / Canada, Hong Kong / Crime, Drama, Family / 72 mins / Chinese (Cantonese), English with English subtitles / US Premiere


Village East Cinema
August 1, 2018 6:00 pm Not Available


Q&A to follow with filmmakers

Workaholic, success-obsessed Zhou Li spent decades building a shipping company from the ground up—and now, at the end of his life, he wonders whether it all really amounted to anything.

When he makes a sudden change to his will and to the inheritance his children stand to receive, his two sons are faced with an age-old dilemma: how much wealth is enough, and how far are you willing to go to get it? Each must decide between devoting his life to the family business or breaking away from it in order to live a life his father never could.

Eldest son Danny is fully consumed running the business his father started. He takes the recent adjustments to the will as a personal affront and refuses to accept any change to his standing, making him even more oblivious to the needs and troubles of his own family.

Nineteen-year-old Cheng is the son Zhou never met. Cheng has been obsessed with getting rich ever since he understood what money was. Now that an opportunity has presented itself, Cheng soon realizes that money comes with strings attached and he’ll be lucky if he can make it out alive.

8 MINUTES AHEAD is a directorial debut that incorporates the very best of Hong Kong filmmaking: exciting action, romance, and vibrant color.


Post Screening Panelists:

Ben Hoskyn, Director


Tickets to Screening:

$16 General
$12 Student/Senior

Screening made possible by: Project by Project, Asian American Bar Association NY

Director's Bio

Born and raised in Vancouver, Ben Hoskyn discovered his passion for music and film during his teenage years in Hong Kong. After graduating from the renowned Broadcast program at BCIT, Hoskyn was recruited to direct a talk show and documentary series in Ottawa. After years away from Hong Kong, Hoskyn’s focus remained equally on both sides of the Pacific. He launched work on 8 MINUTES AHEAD, his first feature film which is Canadiana introspection and Hong Kong talkie melded into one. Hoskyn conducted multiple shoots and production on two continents over the course of four years in order to complete 8 MINUTES AHEAD.


Writers: Allan Mackey, Nathan Estabrooks, Nick Dolinski
Producer: Nate Estabrooks
Cast: Raugi Yu, Benedict Yuen, Theresa Wong, Jane Wong, Tseng Chang
Cinematographer: Marc Oberdorfer

Dates & Times


Village East Cinema
August 1, 2018 6:00 pm Not Available