3. Has Fruit Chan’s independent film depicting disaffected or problem youth touched upon global and local issues? How are these issues represented directly or indirectly in the scenes?
Fruit Chan’s independent film has depicted disaffected or problem youth touched upon global and local issues especially with his 1997 Trilogy referring to the lives and reactions of Hong Kong youngsters in response to the 1997 hangover, which induced local and global issues. This essay is going to focus on Made in Hong Kong, which youth characters are dominant in it. I will firstly discuss how the local issues being represented by scenes and then shift to the global one.
As an independent film, Made in Hong Kong shows the anxiety and confusion of marginalized youth in the society, they are a group of people who may easily be ignored by the society. Fruit Chan has successfully depicted the local issues through the film by using visual motif, monologue, settings and graphic blocking. He has brought up the youth problem, the grass-rooted family problem and the identity problem arose by authority change in 1997 to the society.
In the 90s, a rise of gangster movies certainly promoted a sense of heroism for the youth. The society idealized the images of being a gangster and overlooked the panicky side of the youngsters. The main characters Moon, Ah Lung, Ah Ping and Susan in the movie represent the problem youth in the society. The monologue of Moon at the very beginning unveils the failure of educational system in Hong Kong. As an exam-oriented society, elites with good academic results are highly praised but for those cannot obtain high marks are doomed to failure. Moon being the later one leaves school at the early stage and winds up being a gangster. However, students who go to school are not free from problems associated. Fruit Chan in the movies shows the evil side of…...