Mad World 一念無明

Mad World - HK Film

Source: Yahoo Hong Kong

I rarely watch emotional movies, for I find them very unbearable. Crying for loved ones is not what I enjoy watching in a cinema. I stick to my principle all the time so that I can pick cheerful and funny movies when I enter a cinema.

Mad World, however, is a different story. I bought a movie ticket to support this film of Shawn Yue (余文樂) and Eric Tsang (曾志偉), just as how I supported Trivisa (樹大招風) starring Gordon Lam (林家棟) and Philip Keung (姜皓文).

In this movie Shawn played the role of Tung, who suffered and recovered from bipolar disorder. And Eric, his father who abandoned the family when Tung was little.

Tung was previously taking care of his mother who was often longing for Tung’s elder brother to return to Hong Kong and bring her along to US. But that did not happen. Everybody left the lady and Tung was the only person who took care of her, even at the expense of giving up his day job, and ruining his marriage.

His fiancee Jenny suggested that his mother should live in a nursing home, a suggestion which triggered a serious fight between them. Tung did not want to abandon his mother. When he was discharged from a psychiatric hospital, Tung stayed with his father in a subdivided flat. Despite his father’s previous mistakes, Tung still insisted to look after him.

Tung was, and still is, a good boy. After all the ups and downs, Tung attended his friend Louis’s wedding dinner. Louis was giving a speech to thank his wife and parents-in-law, but the guests were making lots of noise and did not bother to listen to him. Tung took over the podium and reprimanded the guests. That they should show respect and not whispering about how expensive or luxurious the wedding was, or the value of the rings and whatnot.

What Tung said was, and still is, absolutely right. And he is very normal. The abnormal ones are those who are talking about money all the time. Tung said so. But that does not mean he was spared of financial stresses in Hong Kong, a city where your living spaces shrink when rents shoot up. To jointly buy a flat in Ho Man Tin with Jenny, Tung actually borrowed money to bet on share investment. All was in vain and Jenny had to bear his debts when he was in a psychiatric hospital.

Tung and his father wanted a new life, so was Jenny. But things got very wrong in the first place, and it can hardly be rectified later on.

Always strive to have a good start. When you understand the message Mad World was trying to convey, you will definitely know that this is not a cliché.