Where Are You Going
- Rotterdam International Film Festival
- China Independent Film Festival | Jury Award
- Melbourne International Film Festival
- Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
- Filmpodium Zürich
In a meditation on the socially stratified city of Hong Kong, this crafty essay film reflects on the alienation and confusion of its inhabitants following political reform, and on the precarious condition of the urban individual in East Asia's economic equilibrium.
Contemporary Hong Kong, both futuristic and anachronistic, is the single visual element of this meticulously composed documentary. 13 different, off-screen conversations between a taxi driver and various passengers - from stressed-out bankers to Filipino maids - constructs a mosaic of voices from the reality of this multi-facet, hyperactive dream city. Its alluring neon-colors, icons of western consumerism and high rise condominiums are but a distraction from the city's mounting political and economic distress. It is a portrait of a city where many of its promises remain clouded by the disappointment of a misunderstood economic reality, one that can be just as punishing and as it rewarding.
Former Hongkonger, Zhengfan Yang (now based in the US) spent five years attempting to understand this invigorating global city through the hopes and dreams of its inhabitants. With personal accounts of both natives and newly arrived, Yang's examines the polarizing sides of Hong Kong's workforce, allured by the possibilities the 'Pearl of the Orient' may bestow, yet struggling to capture a sense of belonging, identity or individuality.
The dramatic economic, political, and social changes from 2009 to 2014 are subtly omnipresent behind the voices of the participants, while Hong Kong's key role in China's future, as well as in the global economy, appears to expand and solidify, and yet remains enigmatic and unpredictable.
130 minutes, in Mandarin, Tagalog, Cantonese with English subtitles.