May we chat cinema trailer

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Look hard and long và you"ll find a few (wayward) youth films in Hong Kong"s sizeable filmography. From all the films I"ve seen I can only remember Heiward Mak"s Lit Yat Dong Hung, a worthy entry that deserves more love. Looking bachồng a little further there"s also David Lai"s Lonely Fifteen, a film that"s closely connected lớn this one. With that in mind, it"s safe lớn say that Philip Yung"s May We Chat is a welcome film, regardless of unique. And luckily, Yung shows a lot of promise và delivers a fine, yet surprisingly edgy drama.

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While Hong Kong cinema is doing pretty well for itself, it seems perpetually stuông xã in producing the same kind of films. If you"re looking for some good genre movies (action, comedy và crime mostly) then you have plenty to lớn choose from, but outside of those flagship genres it can be quite a barren place. And it"s not lượt thích they"re not trying or actually doing a terrible job with other genres, there just doesn"t appear lớn be any real tư vấn for the films that venture away from the beaten path.

Point in case: May We Chat. It"s smart, good-looking, edgy & provocative sầu, but reactions khổng lồ the film have sầu been overly tepid. That is, reactions from the few people that actually watched it. I do have sầu lớn admit that it"s probably not the easiest film lớn sell, HK audiences are clearly not big fans of provocative sầu cinema & the topic can be quite daunting for foreigners not used lớn Asian youth culture. But putting all that aside, this is a film that would suit many Western film fests looking for a hidden gem lớn brighten up their program.

May We Chat follows the lives of three girls lost in a sea of people. They crave sầu attention, but for different reasons nobody toàn thân is there khổng lồ take care of them. Wai-Wai lives in poverty và raises her younger sister while doing some odd jobs to survive sầu, deaf-mute Ying goes on paid dates to lớn escape life with her dementing grandmother & Yan suffers from romantic troubles while living separated from her mother & father. The three keep each other company through WeChat, a popular phone chat app that connects people in a nearby area. When Yan disappears from the ứng dụng, Wai-Wai và Ying meet up to lớn find out what happened to her.

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On the visual side of things there"s very little to complain about. Sure enough the film looks a bit flashy & poppy in places, but that particular look is functional, aptly reflecting the world of the film"s main characters. Underneath that layer of pink gloss hides a film with precise framing, svào lighting and use of color và inspired camera work.


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It seems as though Yung took a few pointers from Taiwanese cinema in that regard, definitely not a bad source of inspiration when making a drama film. Add a few stand-out scenes and you have sầu a looker of a film.

The soundtrack is a little less adventurous. While there are a few traditional drama pieces (of the piano/string kind), most of the soundtraông xã is based on Chinese pop music. I"m not a connoisseur of the Hong Kong music scene though, so I might be mistaken, but don"t expect too much in the way of a thrilling soundtraông xã. That said, it goes well with the setting and it isn"t truly grueling to listen lớn, so I won"t complain too much, but May We Chat could"ve benefited from either classier or edgier musical choices.

Taking up the parts of the main characters are three novice actresses. Kabby Hui, Rainky Wai và Heidi Lee perkhung well, especially considering their lack of experience và the challenging roles they were given. Youthful energy is essential for a lượt thích this và between the three of them there clearly is no laông chồng of it. One can only hope that the limited nudity in the film won"t stain the rest of their careers, seeing how prude Hong Kong can be. Also interesting are the additions of Irene Wan and Tak-woh Mak, both reprising their roles from Liang Mei Zai. While May We Chat is hardly a sequel to lớn Lai"s film, it offers a little extra context that adds khổng lồ theme of the film.

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Thematically May We Chat offers a contemporary update of the problems youngster in Hong Kong are facing. The digital age is very much present, but even so the challenges and issues they are dealing with haven"t changed all that much through the years. In that sense the film isn"t a critique on the digital age or its up-and-coming citizens, it just shows how young people today are using these tools lớn communicate with each other. What you take from that has probably more khổng lồ say about your own views và ideas than any explicit commentary the film is making.

Not only is May We Chat a very welcome và needed addition to lớn the Hong Kong filmography, it"s also a great film regardless. The acting is svào, the film looks beautiful and the problems the characters face feel genuine. Yung doesn"t seem to lớn judge his subjects, nor is the film a one-sided warning against a derailing generation of youngster. Here"s to lớn hoping the film can inspire other directors in Hong Kong to venture more outside of their walled gardens, but looking at the reception of May We Chat I fear chances are slyên ổn. Whatever the case, Yung made a superb film & deserves all the credit for taking this much risk.


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