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Quattro Hong Kong (香港四重奏, 2010)

香港四重奏 (Quattro Hong Kong, 2010)

導演
邱禮濤, 羅卓瑤, 麥曦茵, 陳果
演員
杜宇航, 吳彥祖, 徐天佑, 楊淇, 簡仲宜, 馮楚琪
連結
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簡介
四位導演四段短片合輯~ “生炒糯米飯”: 男生 (杜宇航 飾) 小時候在街邊看見老婦推車仔賣生炒糯米飯, 一直認為那是世上美食之最, 長大後仍對此念念不忘~ “赤地”: 專業管理顧問 (吳彥祖 飾) 在香港酒店巧遇神秘女生, 相約日後在同一地點再見, 卻遇上天文異象, 世界面臨末日~ “偏偏”: 同一個夜晚, 男生 (徐天佑 飾) 不斷打電話慰問夜歸的女友, 又買糖水又買宵夜; 女生 (楊淇 飾) 為情所困喝得爛醉如泥, 在街上步履蹣跚~ “黃色拖鞋”: 在外國長大的 章慢肉 回到香港, 憶述從前跟母親一起流連戲院, 看盡港產電影, 在電影尋找父親的往事~

 

評語
“香港四重奏” 是 香港國際電影節協會 應 香港品牌 邀請監製的作品, 請來四位香港導演, 拍攝四部短片結合而成的合輯~ 每部短片最後都會加上 香港品牌 的動畫標誌, 支持創作背後唱好香港的意圖自是不言而喻, 可幸幾位導演都能保持個人風格, 沒有讓作品淪為廉價的宣傳工具~

邱禮濤 的 “生炒糯米飯” 大概是四部短片中最 “意料之內” 亦最為煽情的一部~ 以售價從五角一碗飊升至140大元一碟, 從街邊車仔檔躍升成酒樓招牌名菜, 但香味和人情味始終不變的生炒糯米飯作為香港情懷, 甚至官方那種 “死挨死撐努力過人” 之所謂 “香港精神” 的投射, 全片更反覆加插 西西 小說 “我城” 的字句, 作一點詩意的感言~ 片中雖有提及只顧瘋狂購物的大陸遊客, “炒到手軟不想再炒” 的酒樓廚師, 靜靜在街角消失的老婆婆, 但也不是要感傷慨嘆, 反而更對比出堅持在街頭炮製廉價炒飯的男主角一份純真~

以往說 羅卓瑤 電影 “扮嘢” 的觀眾, 大概不會因為 “赤地” 而對她改觀~ 這部短片以硬照說科幻故事, 對神秘女生的執迷, 世界末日的背景, 立刻令人想到 Chris Marker 同樣以硬照構成的 “La Jetée” (堤, 1962)~ 羅卓瑤 的電影從來是氣氛感覺遠重於故事情節, 片中男主角困在酒店苦等神秘女孩重臨, 以旁觀者角度記錄一時人頭湧湧, 一時空無一人的街景, 也有如延續導演疑幻疑真的近作 “如夢” (Like A Dream, 2009)~ 維港日夜景色美絕, 酒店設施配套齊備, 有錢的遊客在香港這商業城市自然不愁生活, 但在看情人眼裡這一切物質享受都沒有意義~

麥曦茵 大概是香港近年最有才華的新導演, 雖然這部短片拍的只是老掉了牙的年青男女生活寫照, 但仍變出一點創意和趣味~ “偏偏” 的故事結構有點像 劉以鬯 的小說 “對倒”, 以幽默的對白交替描述一位男生和一位女生在同一晚的經歷, 二人曾經在同一輛小巴碰面, 但原來只是各走各路的陌生人~ 麥曦茵 一開始故意製造片中男女在對話的假象 (抑或 Kuleshov effect 實在太強大?), 讓觀眾產生美麗的誤會, 事實是這種愛情故事離離合合無時無刻在這不夜城市裡進行~ 徐天佑 飾演的男生一路上吃個不停, 大概也有點曲線宣傳香港作為美食天堂的意圖?

陳果 的 “黃色拖鞋” 結合真人演出和動畫效果, 是對香港人情的懷緬, 更是導演對香港電影黃金時代的致敬~ 借用並重現多部港產名作的經典場面, “尋父” 的主題大可以讓有心人大造文章, 但此片最有趣相信是主角說個不停的旁白, 當中每每用上近乎宣教式刻板而露骨的字眼歌頌香港電影和這城市, 但經由一位不太流利的ABC口中說出卻不覺肉麻煽情, 倒頗有戲謔和反諷的味道~

4 comments to Quattro Hong Kong (香港四重奏, 2010)

  • I’m still kicking myself for arriving late and missing 陸零柒…
    Spot on for 生炒糯米飯: nostalgia with cheap sentimentality I guess will be a chronic post-1997 bad habit in Hong Kong cinema (perhaps reaching its apex this year by a certain award winning film?). Simple ideas aren’t necessarily a bad thing (although aside from the gratuitous newsreel footage, the sole idea of 死挨死撐香港人 is atually quite dispiriting), but the execution in 生炒糯米飯 barely warrants as a student film.
    赤地 was the most interesting short because of its cynicism (what a great way to promote Brand Hong Kong with a film about the inevitable apocalypse), despite the rather heavy-handed script. Thanks for reminding me about its similarities with La Jetee!
    偏偏 is a familiar concept done well- warm colours, contemporary, tinges of sadness and melancholy, deja vu(?). I certainly enjoyed this more than the overblown 烈日當空 (I haven’t seen 前度 though).
    黃色拖鞋 is nostaglia done right: reverence mixed with foolishness, escapism with cinema. A neat short to end the collection.

  • re: The Daydreamer
    “生炒糯米飯”‘s message is closest to the “official” image of the city promoted by the government~ and yes, it does look like a student film… i think “赤地” may not be intentionally cynical, but i like how the director captures the other side of hong kong, seeing all the hustle and bustle detachedly from a distance~

    i actually catched up with “烈日當空” after “偏偏”~ i agree the former film is a bit overblown, heiward mak is certainly better at the romance genre~ i saw “前度” during hkiff and it was a pleasant surprise~ the thing i find the most interesting about “黃色拖鞋” is that fruit chan constantly and consciously sways between government propaganda and personal remembrance~ the tone is playful and funny~

  • Don’t want to rehash an old post, but this really excites me (regardless of how late in the game HKIFF is):

    Weerasethakul, Mendoza, Ho and Kwan are the NEW ‘Quattro’

    4 Award-winning directors, Thailand’s Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL, the recent Cannes Golden Palm winner for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives; the Philippines director Brillante MENDOZA, awarded Best Director at Cannes for 2009’s Kinatay; Yuhang HO from Malaysia, the director of the prizewinning At the End of Daybreak starring last year’s Hong Kong Film Awards Best Actress winner WAI Ying-hung and Stanley KWAN, one of the territory’s most prominent filmmakers whose works such as Rouge and Centre Stage are considered Chinese-language classics, will contribute brand new short films to QUATTRO HONG KONG 2, an omnibus project commissioned by Brand Hong Kong and produced by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society. The finished works will have its world premiere at the upcoming 35th HKIFF.

  • re: The Daydreamer
    Yessss~ I just learned about it from a newsletter~ This redux version surely is exciting!! Seeing your home city from the eyes of a foreigner is always interesting, imo~

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