Too many films too little time!
Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous 2015
For me, someone who was born and raised in Hong Kong, the images that Christopher Doyle captured in 'Hong Kong Trilogy' are the Hong Kong instantly recognizable by a native eye. The man that pushes a cart stacked with flattened out cardboards which he collects and sells for a living is uniquely Hong Kong. The umbrella movement was not only a political movement, a cry for democracy, it was also an assertion of Hong Kong own's unique identity. Doyle is…
The Father 2020
This is hitting home even closer, much more so than Sally Potter’s The Roads Not Taken at the Berlinale earlier this year. My minds kept wondering back to the last few years when I cared for my dementia stricken late father as I watched this. Dementia as a disease is something intangible, the suffering is mental mostly and hard to grasp. Zeller’s The Father manages to translate that mental state remarkably well on to the screen. At least it reflects…
Long Distance Swimmer: Sara Mardini 2023
A stark reminder here that the prosecution of humanitarian workers and NGOs don’t just happen in oppressed regimes. It’s also happening right in the developed west where human rights is supposed to be upheld!
Hong Kong Mixtape 2023
“We really fucking love Hong Kong”
The thought of never able to return to Hong Kong is tremendously sad and scary.
Revolution of Our Times 2021
This is probably the most comprehensive documentary among the ones I’ve seen on the 2019 Hong Kong pro democracy protests. It’s almost 3 years since the start of the movement and it’s no less difficult to watch the events unfolded on screen. The emotions swell from the very first image. The film ends with a choir and musicians in black, masked and wearing yellow helmets performing ‘Glory to Hong Kong’ the official protest anthem. The audience of the sold out screening sang along and sobbed. It‘s the most sad and moving theatre experience I’ve ever had.
The Crossing 2018
Pei Pei is one of the thousands of kids who cross the border from Mainland to Hong Kong to attend school everyday. In order to save up money for a fanciful trip to Japan with her HK classmate she ends up joining a gang to smuggle iPhone.
Not your typical coming of age story. The scene where Pei Pei and Hou tape moblie phones on each other body before a smuggling job is the most erotic I’ve seen in recent…