Poverty in Hong Kong

Poverty in Hong Kong

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  • Camera shot:  SPOTLIGHT ON BOY Pacing: FAST (like the world revolves around him) Light: Dark 
  • Boy complains about how his parents won't let him buy the new shoes everyone loves. His parents say that it's a waste of money but he thinks that it's very important, an example of Teenage Affluenza. 
  • Music: Sad, depressing, but fast.
  • Music remains depressing.
  • The boy is angry, he whines about having to go to school and learning boring, useless things. He rants about how it's very unfair.
  • He talks about how everyday, he is forced to wake up at 6, ride his bike to school, and complains about how it's very tiring. 
  • Scenes are side by side, the kid has the spotlight. Pacing is very quick. 
  • I hate school! 
  • Music is depressing, melancholy. Starts to slow down. 
  • I wish I could go to school like other kids...  unfortunately, my parents can't pay the fees.  
  • Lots of little kids in the background, blurred, the boy in the brown shirt has the spotlight.
  • Scene rapidly changes into the next one, comparing the conditions of where they are living in. The lighting on the boy is warm and happy, but when it switches, the lighting is very dark. 
  • Boy lodges another complaint, ranting about the size of his room, and how he is sharing it with his younger brother. 
  • Music is sped up, but once it is switched to the following scene, the music is solemn, like funeral music. 
  • Many people especially the elderly are living in subdivided flats, cage homes and slums, where they still need to pay rent each month. Many can’t afford it, so they end up selling things such as fake electronic goods, cardboard, metal, and more.
  • Spotlight is on the old man, and the cages. Scenes are side by side, keeps changing. Music gets even slower. 
  • Sham Shui Po in Hong Kong is regarded as one of the poorest or hardest hit areas of Hong Kong for poverty and homelessness. There is rampant sale of fake electronic goods, as well as a high immigrant population. Many can't afford three meals a day or even water, the rent is not even cheap!
  • Girl says: We think our lives are tragic, yet there are people that are born the same day as us, forced to work and are not able to have such a luxury life like us. Sometimes we forget the difference between “Want and “Need”
  • Music suddenly stop getting sad, and there is a dj stop sound. But once she starts talking about poverty, music starts getting sorrowful.
  • While the girl is talking, the spotlight gets closer to her and the light around her gets darker, and the camera zooms into her. 
  • High in the towers may be the most beautiful apartments in the world, but there is also another side to this story: the poorest residents in Hong Kong are living in abject poverty. We should be more grateful, and always think about how we are very lucky to be the top 1% of the world. 
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