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Fish Story (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

JC Wong (Director) | Ruby Yang (Producer)
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Directed by young Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Siu Pong, Fish Story is a beautifully touching look at the lives of children who come from families living under the poverty line. The film made appearances at several film festivals, including the South Taiwan Festival and Festival de Film Ecrans de Chine, and won Best Documentary at the 2013 FIRST International Film Festival.

J was born in Hong Kong and is raised by his single mother, who is from Mainland China. They live together in a tiny room measuring less than 100 square feet. Due to visa problems, J's mother often returns to Mainland China, and when she does, she sends J to stay with his classmate Jacky's family, who are from Vietnam. Director Wong gives audiences a look at Hong Kong society through the eyes of these children from marginalized families. What is Hong Kong society to them? What are their hopes and dreams? What do "family," "education" and "achievement" mean to these children?

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Product Title: Fish Story (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 子非魚 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 子非鱼 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) 子非魚 (2013) (DVD) (香港版) Fish Story (2013) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Director: JC Wong 黃 肇邦 JC Wong JC Wong JC Wong
Producer: Ruby Yang 楊紫燁 杨紫烨 Ruby Yang Ruby Yang
Release Date: 2014-12-18
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1037757502

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There is always one person with you inseparable in the childhood. And for children, saying goodbye is the most memorable lesson in the class of society and life.
-2014 South Taiwan Film Festival selected
-2013 FIRST International Film Festival Best Documentary
-Nomination at 2013 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival New Talent Award
-2014 DC Chinese Film Festival feature length documentary competition selected
-2014 Festival de film Ecrans De Chine SEGALEN FOUNDATION Award

J and Jacky have been best friends and inseparable since they met in the first grade. Born in Hong Kong, J was raised single-handedly by his mother, who was a mainland Chinese. Together they shared a subdivided unit of no more than three meter wide. Every time when J's mother had to go back to the mainland for "permit renewal", she left him with Jacky's family. However, J's life changed after he went on television one day...
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February 18, 2015

Living below the poverty line in Hong Kong
In a passage recorded in Zhuangzi, Taoist philosophers Zhuangzi and Huizi famously argued about the alternate viewpoints of fish. While strolling on a bridge, Zhuangzi commented on how freely and happily the fish swam, and Huizi countered, "You are not a fish, whence do you know the happiness of fish?"

Directed by Wong Siu Pong, the documentary Fish Story looks into the happiness and helplessness of Hong Kong's poor and marginalized. The film follows a group of underprivileged grade schoolers attending the Fresh Fish Traders' School in Kowloon's Tai Kok Tsui neighborhood. The subjects are your typical bratty and boisterous kids, but they're also acutely aware of their unfavorable conditions living below the poverty line.

Wong's camera is observational but also intimate, capturing the kids' housing, schooling and family environments. He also throws out questions that yield revealing answers, or equally revealing non-answers. The documentary does sometimes border on feeling intrusive because the kids are perhaps too honest about personal family matters. At one point, one of the boys talks baldly about his father's abusive behavior.

Fish Story covers multiple children, but in particular focuses on two: J, a smart and headstrong boy raised by a single mother who lives in a subdivided unit barely big enough to hold a bunk bed and desk, and his friend Jacky, who has a slightly better economic environment but lower grades and self-esteem. Wong is around to capture J during an interesting point in his young life; he and his mother were also the subject of an ATV television documentary about low-income families and the exposure led to some changes in their financial situation.

Though clearly a socially conscious work, Fish Story does not loudly push an agenda or make sentimental overtures. The film rather simply offers a window into the lives and thoughts of the kids, so that we can better know their "happiness" – their dreams and their difficulties. In a city of ever widening wealth gap and astronomically high housing prices, there are many more of these stories that need to be shared.

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