If I am to pick a Hong Kong actor who has been underrated, that certainly is Gordon Lam (林家棟). His previous works have always been overshadowed by other actors who are often taking up bigger casts, and it is kind of obvious that his talent is yet to be brought to full play.
In this movie The Moment Lam played photographer Fai who was working hard to snap the best photos of his life, while at the same time struggling to take care of his father who suffered from stroke. While recalling his father’s words to always take photos one second earlier, Fai was nagged by his old schoolmate to sell their family-business shop in Shueng Wan (上環).
The film director Wong Kwok Fai (黃國輝) seems to be making a point that it really is pathetic to see high property prices killing off Fai’s photography studio business, as well as other local businesses.
The movie also brings in the fabricated stories of Eric Kwok and his girlfriend Grace Ip who took some time to confirm their marriage; a college-going girl who flew from Toronto to Hong Kong to look for her long-lost father; a young lady (Dada Chan) who broke up with her boyfriend who is not committed to marriage and their future. Their interactions are connected by printed photos, and of course, real cameras.
These stories developed neatly and never looked as if they were disseminating here and there. Most important of all, Gordon Lam’s part is the backbone and soul of the movie. When the scene focuses back to him, it completes the whole movie. Great job, Lam.
The movie also reminded me about my own photo-taking practice. Frankly speaking, I dislike taking photos with smartphone. Which is why I still haven’t quite learned how to take selfie. I still prefer taking real camera – however simple it is, however inexpensive it is – to record what I saw in different places. Although I now rarely print out my photos, I am glad that I am still using real cameras.
Other than my pride to be different from others, deep in my heart I still want to hold on to something. Take photos with real camera, read a printed book, make a call at airport phone booth – all of which make me feel like living a real life.
Not that I allow everything to be taken over by smartphone; not that one thing can replace everything else.
When Hong Kong is taken over by the same branded stores and overwhelmed by always-raising property prices, you know something is very wrong. So is life. When we allow smartphones to take over and control our life – you just can’t pretend that your life is not ruined.
Eason Chan Salon 陳奕迅〈沙龍〉
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