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Teddy Robin (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi | Guk Fung
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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
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Product Title: Cageman 籠民 笼民 籠民 Cageman
Artist Name(s): Teddy Robin (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi | Guk Fung 泰迪羅賓 (Actor) | 喬宏 (Actor) | 廖啟智 | 谷峰 泰迪罗宾 (Actor) | 乔宏 (Actor) | 廖启智 | 谷峰 秦迪羅賓(テディー・ロビン) (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) | 谷峯(クー・ホン) Teddy Robin (Actor) | Roy Chiao (Actor) | Liu Kai Chi | Guk Fung
Director: Jacob Cheung 張之亮 张之亮 張之亮(ジェイコブ・チャン) Jacob Cheung
Release Date: 2000-03-01
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: III
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Package Weight: 110 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1000005372

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (2)

Graham
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December 5, 2006

This customer review refers to Cageman (Universe Version)
Slice of social realism Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Cageman might have been better titled Cagepeople, because it is all about the occupants of a men’s hostel in Hong Kong, who do indeed live in cages – not all the time, of course, but they sleep and keep their belongings inside them. The film doesn’t concentrate on one particular occupant, but shares its time evenly between 7-11, a ninety-nine year old who sells all kinds of goods to his fellows from inside his cage, which he hasn’t left in twenty years. He also has an assistant, nicknamed Sissy. Other tenants include a tinker, a very short fellow called ‘Monkey face’, who also owns a monkey, a cook, a perpetually drunk Taoist, and Mao, a young newcomer, recently released from prison. The owner of the hostel is Fatty, who has a retarded son to help him run the place. Almost the entire film takes place within the hostel, and there is barely a female to be seen.

The motivating incident of the film is the announcement that the block in which the hostel is located is to be demolished by its owners, to make for a development. Issues of relocation and compensation arise among the tenants, and cause divisions. Two politicians also arrive on the scene, and compete in shaking hands for photos and making promises, though their own motives will not appear until later. The occasional presence of TV crews only complicates the situation. Plenty of social issues appear as the film goes on: the treatment of the poor, the disabled, and the addicted in Hong Kong, and the gap between the rich and the poor. Politicians, it seems, are the same everywhere. While offering no solutions (which can’t be expected of a film), the movie nevertheless portrays humanely and sympathetically the underbelly of Hong Kong.

In a character-driven film such as this, acting is of prime importance. I had no trouble believing in any of these people – they looked and sounded like the roles they were playing, so that they quickly become real people, caught in a real situation, largely at the mercy of forces much stronger than themselves.

There is also an amount of humour in the film, as one would expect with such a range of characters. Of particular note is a discussion regarding the difference between a beggar and a homeless person. There is plenty of realistic dialogue, the kind one would expect to hear uttered by down-and-outs in the absence of females, and this seems to have earned the film a category III rating (which I thought only applied to sex and violence).

This film is quite a change of pace from the typical Hong Kong fare. It would appeal more to those interested in socially-aware movies rather than escapist entertainment. At 145 minutes, it is also quite long, though it doesn’t drag. There is enough lively dialogue and intrigue to maintain interest.
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Anonymous

April 14, 2002

BRING BACK THIS DISC!!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
i know wong kar kui of beyond is in this!! i want to watch his work. he was the boundary of music
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