Why Me? (1985)

Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |  
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Character actor Kent Cheng steps behind the camera to direct this melodrama about a poverty-stricken mentally challenged man. The film opens with perky social worker Koko Cheng (Olivia Cheng Man-ar) who is on assignment in a village in Hong Kong's outlying islands crossing paths with Fat Cat (Cheng) who lives in a hovel with his elderly mother. After much convincing, Koko persuades Fat Cat's mother to let him enroll at the local community center to learn a craft. When that plan is thwarted, due to a three-year waiting list, Koko tries a number of other schemes, each failing worse than the one before it. Fat Cat's plight is further complicated by his mother's deteriorating health. Meanwhile, Koko strikes up a romance with her hunky boss, Chow (Chow Yun-fat). Kent Cheng reprises his role of Fat Cat, which won him a Best Actor prize in the Hong Kong Film Awards, in the sequel The Beloved Son of God.