A rollerbladers brings in an extinct ghost town a revolutionary message. A sort of creative means, to contribute to the Umbrella Movement, more on that below and I like the cinematic and atmospherically pretty good.
When we stood alongside activists amidst showers of tear gas during Occupy Central 佔領中環, we at HK URBEX wondered how we could best use our skills to contribute to the Umbrella Movement. Some of us were journalists reporting news at the time, some delivered water and supplies, and others helped create art pieces. During those long uncertain days we often wondered what kind of Hong Kong we could wake up to the next morning.
But as filmmakers we also wanted to create something that could manifest our feelings towards the powerful street occupation and its eventual demise. Although it has since ended, the movement still lives on, and a few scattered tents and scribbles poignantly remind us that the war is far from over – even though the battle was unfairly lost. Let us not forget that this was all instigated by a young generation who were, and are, not afraid to stand up for what they believe in – a generation who, it was thought, only cared about smartphones and selfies. Even though they could not persuade the uncompromisingly staunch de facto government to modify the political reform proposal even slightly, the movement has nevertheless galvanised and politicised Hong Kong’s youth, and changed the city for good.
This film seeks to encapsulate the spirit of the movement. Even though the main character witnesses the future Downfall of the movement, he discovers that everyone steadfastly fights on until the bitter end.