Stanley Beloved 1998
20min | Short | 5 June 1998 (USA)
James and Kevin are friends and live in Hong-Kong. When Kevin finds out that his Chinese father wants to send him away to England to study, he decides to spend a summer day with his friend James. Then something unexpected happens.
This film is about two teenage friends spending a day together, after one of them learns that he has to go to Endland to study.
This film looks a lot older than 1998. In fact, it almost seems to have been made in the late 80’s. The people’s hairstyle, the old style phone booth and the orange roof of MTR reminds me of my childhood! The plot itself is simple and straightforward. Kevin gets upset after finding out he has to study abroad, but he does not want to tell his pal Jamie. Kevin realises that his friendship with Jamie is really deep, and things progressed from there. I really like the scene where they reminisce on the beach, it is so real and so sweet. The ending is very open to interpretation, but of course I am inclined to interpret it positively. It is a sweet story, and I like it even more because it was shot entirely in Hong Kong. I really would have liked the film to be longer.
Director: Simon Chung
Writer: Simon Chung
Stars: Wes Wong, Oliver Williams, Tak Shing Chung
Country: Hong Kong
Release Date: 5 June 1998 (USA)