Family Light Affair (1984)

Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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When a young farmer comes to Hong Kong with his wife and daughters, he expects to lead a better existence living in the home of his father - the first expectation among many that will come to a crashing demise. His father is a poor coolie who can barely manage his own bed space and certainly cannot help his son. As the man and his family begin to come to grips with life on the street in Hong Kong, with policemen and thugs, new friends and odd strangers, the humor in their encounters in the living city begins to lessen, leading into situations that are potentially dangerous and certainly depressing. A resolution of these two attitudes in the first and second half of the film would have kept it more in the league of director Alfred Cheung's first, ungrammatically titled success Let's Make Laugh.

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city-life, daughter, depression, disillusionment, police, poverty, wife