one of the best HK movies in a while. love Karen Mok and Ronald Cheng is unexpectedly good.
some 40 years ago, people from different political backgrounds come to HK to find new lives.
it is the time when men still have targets in life, when women know how to keep a family together instead of breaking it. Although uneducated, at least most people at the time can tell the difference between left and right wing; can tell the difference between socialism/communism; and are aware of both the strength and downfall of capitalism/western influence. And most importantly, regardless of their political view, they are not '2-headed snake', and always base their lives around what they believe in.
'it doesnt matter if it's a black or white cat, as long as it can catch mouse, it's a good cat.' China opens up, capitalists from HK and all over the world find their way in, all eyes on money, and money only. During my brief break from HK, without any luxurious accommodation/resort type of entertainment/super expensive fine dining, I reconfirmed life isn't about livin' it deluxe, but livin' it real. My friend asked me what do people do in HK. I told him A is selling insurance, B is selling investment fund, C is an analyst at this famous bank, D is a trader at this other more famous bank, E is a full time stock market player, F is an accountant...etc
My friend then asked 'Oh so HK people only do abstract things, but nothing real.'
I said 'yea pretty much, HK is a financial center, if you are not working in the financial sector they consider you inferior, but the fact is we dont have the skill and quality and ambition to get real things done. We live by our tongue and exploit ignorance from our own citizen'
I am off tracking, what i wanted to say is, the moment my friend said that, i felt really ashamed to be a HK person, we dont produce anything good, and we have nothing good to contribute, and our generation is full of stupidity. i have a name for my peer, generation-Y, because we don't even have the quality/guts/talents to be called gen-X (no, not that Aaron Kwok generation-X). At one point i just didn't want to come back no more and to be one of the gen-Y. after watching this movie, i am here to stay (at least for a while). i am gonna show my friend Chinese people can get real things done and not be a slave of money.
anyway i am talking too much, watch it if you're falling out of love with HK. gdnite.