Director: Alex Law Kai Yu
Cast: Simon Yam, Sandra Ng, Aarif Lee, Chung
Siu To, Evelyn Choi, Paul Chiang, Teresa Loo, Ann Hui, Vincent
Kok, Larry Lau, Clifton Ko, Ha Ping
RunTime: 1 hr 57 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Opening Day: 27 May 2010
The story revolves around the ups and downs of a family in
longing 1960s of old Hong Kong. Natural disasters and misfortunes
undergone by the family did not dampen their spirits instead
they held onto their beliefs and portrayed the can-do spirit
of 1960s working class Hong Kongers. Father (Simon Yam), a
shoemaker who always wears a pair of broken shoes. Mother
(Sandra Ng), an optimistic woman, who works towards tough
challenges in life including death of her loved ones. Newcomer,
Aarif Lee, who looks like a cross between Taiwan based singer
Wang Lee Hom and martial arts legend Bruce Lee, acted as the
elder son. Through the lead characters and stories, we will
travel back to the old Hong Kong and re-experience it.
This reviewer does not remember when he last felt so moved
by a film. And he is not ashamed to tell you that he felt
his eyes well up (not once, but several times) while watching
this 117 minute autobiographical film set in 1960s Hong Kong.
If there’s one film to watch to feel the full pulsation
of life, this bittersweet family drama should be at the
top of your list.
Law family takes centre stage in this nostalgic film. Theirs
is a lower class family who lives in the poor suburban area
of Hong Kong’s Sham Shui Po in the 1960s. The father
is a hardworking cobbler who earns just enough to make a living
for his family. The mother is the optimist in the house, always
speaking out for others. Their eldest son is the pride of
the family who attends a good British school, excelling in
both academic and athletic fields. The youngest son is a very
mischievous boy who enjoys putting a fish tank on his head,
pretending to be an astronaut while seeing the world evolving
film is an unabashed tear jerker – some may even find
it manipulative. But who can resist a well made film that
explores the transience of life and happiness as seen through
the eyes of a child? And yes, if you must know, someone dies
at the end of the movie.
first person you’d fall in love with is the child lead
Chung Siu To, who plays the impish youngest son of the family.
His wide eyed curiosity and misbehaviour lights up the screen
in every scene he appears in. You’d laugh - and you’d
cry while he carries out his monkey business. Simon Yam and
Sandra Ng turns in competent performances as the long suffering
parents who in one scene, literally, holds on to the roof
to provide shelter for the family. The two veteran actors
complement each other nicely with their every body gesture
and movement. Good looker Aarif Lee takes on the role of the
eldest son. Although he looks somewhat too contemporary for
the role, there’s no harm having eye candy in an emotionally
touching film like this.
watch out for cameos by renowned industry players like Ann
Hui, Vincent Kok and Clifton Ko in this production, which
received funding from the Hong Kong government's Film Development
production values are top notch too, as the team brings viewers
on a journey back to old Hong Kong with its lovely shop houses,
cinema halls and long corridors. One can see why this is the
perfect film for Hong Kong to be proud of.
film is director Alex Law’s heartwarming dedication
to his elder brother. The personal touch can be felt as the
filmmaker visualises the striving Hong Kong in his own screenplay.
The delicately written script earned Law a Best Screenplay
accolade at the 29th Hong Kong Film Awards. The film also
won Best Actor (Yam), Best New Performer (Lee) and Best Original
Film Song at the awards. The poignantly affecting film also
did well on the international front, clinching the Crystal
Bear for the Best Film in the Children’s Jury "Generation
Kplus" at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.
to embark on an experience to encounter life’s real
emotions of love, hope, failure and death? Through humour,
affection and most importantly, humanity, this highly recommended
film will bring you on the journey. This is exactly what memories
are made of.
(This sincere and well made film has heart - lots
Review by John Li