香港仔 (Aberdeen) (Blu-ray release 2014-7-17) takes a Hong Kong location as its title.  It is about three generations of people in a Hong Kong family.  Everyone faces a problem – a man is worried about his daughter being too ugly, and he does not approve of his father’s relationship with a girl friend, his model wife’s career is stagnant and she has a secret, his sister is depressed because she thinks her parents do not love her, and the sister’s husband has an affair, etc.

To spice things up the movie adds a sex scene, and shows the cleavage of the model wife by using fake breasts.  During the movie there are some fantasy dream sequences, with one of them paying homage to Godzilla movies.  I especially like the one in which the sister takes a paper taxi (the kind of paper that is made to burn in honor of the dead ancestors as a Chinese tradition) to meet her dead mother.  I think these do make the movie more interesting, but the problems they face are not really dealt with in depth, and are too easily resolved to reach an unexpectedly and unrealistically positive ending.

Although how good the movie is can be debated, it is certainly not as bad as what the really poor box office may imply.  This flop can be attributed to one supporting character saying things that angered mainland Chinese.

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