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Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous

Project information

Talent Jenny Suen
Role of participant Producer
Director Christopher Doyle
Producer Jenny Suen, Ken Hui
Screenwriter Christopher Doyle
Status finished

Production details

Running time 90 min
Genre Documentary (Hybrid)
Year of production 2015
Country of Production Hong Kong
Production Companies
Pica Pica Media
Sundance Go
Youku.com
Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong_Trilogy:_Preschooled_Preoccupied_Preposterous


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Synopsis

This is a story of Hong Kong told by three generations: “Preschooled” children, “Preoccupied” young people, and “Preposterous” senior citizens.
 
We spent over a year interviewing hundreds of people from different backgrounds and used those recordings as voice-overs to structure a loose narrative that we gave to their lives on-screen. The result is a visual poem in which Christopher Doyle's images run parallel with their words, as the characters ponder how to live together and what our society should be.

Doyle calls this new style "realidada," a free-flowing narrative form that owes just as much to the absurdity of real life as it does to the cinematic language through which we interpreted it.

In “Preschooled,” "Little Red Cap" tries to resolve the question “Why are there so many gods in this world? Is it because so many people need to be saved?” by evangelising all the world faiths to her schoolmates. “Vodka Wong” releases plastic turtles to redeem the bad karma that resulted from his parents’ neglect of him.
 
In “Preoccupied,” young people occupy the streets of Central, Hong Kong. They stop the city to think about what they want for their future. Twenty-eight-year-old “Thierry the Feng Shui Master” and her crew of underground rappers and artists give voice to their discontent.
 
“Lady Swim” and “Mister Li” look “Preposterous” as they go on a speed-dating tour of the city trying to reconcile their new energies and the obligations convention has imposed on them.
 
The characters of each generation wonder how to live, here and now. At the end of their journey, they find no answers. Yet what they do find is that they are not alone in asking the universal questions that we all share: who we are, how we fit in, and what our city wants to become together.  


Participation in international festivals / awards

Toronto International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Golden Horse Film Festival
MAMI (Mumbai)
CPH:DOX
Camerimage
Costa Rica International Film Festival
Torino Film Festival
Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival
Prague Short Film Festival (Short)
Ambulante Documentary Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Hong Kong International Film Festival (short)
DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Vancouver)
Docaviv (Israel)
Singapore Arts Festival