Official Selection at the London East Asian Film Festival 2022

Winner of  the “Golden Firebird” Best Actor award for leading star Mak Pui Tung – Hong Kong International Film Festival

Winner of Best Actor (Mak Pui-Tung) at the Asian Film Awards 

This tense and compelling true story based on the shocking 2013 trial of a young man who brutally murdered, dismembered and cooked his parents with the help of a friend. Pleading not guilty in a trial which dominated headlines, this searing drama explores the events which unfolded as legal teams clashed and nine jurors grappled with the truth, trying to understand this tragic event which took the media by storm.

Produced by the award-winning filmmaker of Port of Call and marking the directorial debut of Ho Cheuk-tin, The Sparring Partner crafts a complex, multi-layered narrative delivering a gripping insight into this unbelievable true crime story.


Arts Picturehouse

The Light



The Light


New Brighton

The Light



The Light



Ho Cheuk Tin


Main Casts 

Yeung Wai Lun, Mak Pui Tung, Louisa So, Michael Chow



Frankie Tam Kwong Yuen, Oliver Yip, Thomas Leung



Philip Yung

Release Date 

18th November 2022



137 minutes (Uncut)



Crime thriller-drama



Cantonese (with Chinese and English subtitles)


Cineworld Cardiff

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