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(Oct 23, 2007)
A young, video-camera-wielding Japanese tourist traveling alone in Hong Kong pursues a tentative relationship with a Chinese teenager, soon to join her family in Canada. Wai invites the young man to join her for a spectacular home cooked meal made by her 80 year old grandmother. As their platonic friendship develops, the subtle relationships between generations, upheavals in traditional Hong Kong society and the clash between Asian cultural identities are explored with considerable warmth, charm and humor.
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And, I believe viewers may miss the intention of the director, Clara Law. According to the brochure insert, Clara Law is a storyteller of displacement and transmigration. The two words relate to the photographer who has come to Hong Kong and meets a 15 year old girl whose family has left for Canada. They speak English throughout the film and of nothing important; she takes him for a dinner at her home where her aging grandmother lives.
But on the other side, the photographer is looking for food and bargains in Hong Kong, and he also finds sex with an old girlfriend's sister. There is a sexual act and some nudity. So, the story goes back and forth, two the young girl and then the girl he has sex with. So, nothing exciting occurs.
What is interesting is the way this film was shot, all in a pale blue light. There are no vibrant colors, just images of blue. Also, the background shots hardly represent the bustling overcrowded Hong Kong. What you see are wide shots of buildings galore, bluish oddly shaped or unique buildings.
Again, this is a strange and/or boring movie!! .....Rizzo