A high-octane action thriller set in the post-apartheid South African ghetto.
Through themes of racial identification and reflections on Hollywood-style violence, Hijack Stories mixes social commentary and humour while looking at the most painful and violent aspects of South African society.
Sox Moraka (Tony Kgoroge) is a talented actor and part of the rising black middle class in Johannesburg. He fled poverty in Soweto to become a well-known television personality for South Africa's new "Rainbow Nation". Sox acts and lives the part, dating his blond co-star and living in a penthouse flat in the white suburbs. While hosting music video shows, the ambitious thespian dreams of becoming an action hero - the African Wesley Snipes. The possibility of landing a role as popular TV gangster Bra Biza sends Sox back to the ghetto to rediscover his roots. Bumbling along in an unfamiliar, violent world, he meets the street-wise Grace, who introduces him to notorious gangster and old school friend Zama Zama or the General as he is endearingly tagged by his posse. The posse consists of Fly, the kamikaze getaway driver, and Joe, a disillusioned activist whose prophetic asides about South Africa's current state provide a constant morality check. They decide that Sox is truly in need of 're-education' and so begins his crash course in the seductive, yet deadly, finer points of gangster life. One terrifying night, Sox learns that gangster life isn't all game play and, as a result, each of the characters' lives will change forever.
- Type of film
- 35mm Kodak
- Oliver Schmitz
- Christoph Meyer-Wiel, Philippe Guez, Nadine Marsh-Edwards (Co-Producer)
- Oliver Schmitz, Derek Trigg
- Oliver Schmitz
- Director of Photography
- Michele Amathieu
- Richard Sprawkins
- Martin Todsharow
- Principal Cast
- Tony Kgoroge, Rapulana Seiphemo, Moshidi Morsheswa
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Last updated 26th November 2005