Mad World 一念無明 (Republishing May 2017 Piece)

I rarely watch some emotionally heavy movies, for I find them very unbearable. Crying for loved ones is not what I enjoy watching in a cinema. I stick to my principle all the time so that I can pick cheerful and funny movies when I enter a cinema.

Yes I love sad songs, but sad movies often tick me off.

But Mad World is a different story. I bought a movie ticket to support this film of Shawn Yue and Eric Tsang, just as how I supported Trivisa starring Gordon Lam and Philip Keung.

In this movie Shawn played the role of Tung, who suffered and recovered from bipolar disorder. And Eric, his father who abandoned the family when Tung was little.

Tung was previously taking care of his mother who was often longing for Tung’s elder brother to return to Hong Kong and bring her along to US. But that did not happen. Everybody left the lady and Tung was the only person who took care of her, even at the expense of giving up his day job, and ruining his marriage.

His fiancee Jenny suggested that he admit his mother into a nursing home, a suggestion which triggered a serious argument between them. Tung did not want to abandon his mother. When he was discharged from a psychiatric hospital, Tung stayed with his father in a subdivided flat. Despite his father’s previous mistakes, Tung still insisted to look after his father.

Tung was, and still is, a good boy. After all the ups and downs, Tung attended his friend Louis’s wedding dinner. Louis was giving a speech to thank his parents-in-law, but the guests were making lots of noise and did not bother to listen to him. Tung took over the podium and reprimanded the guests. That they should show respect and not whispering about how expensive or luxurious the wedding was, or the value of the rings and whatnot.

What Tung said was, and still is, absolutely right. And he is very normal. The abnormal ones are those who are talking about money all the time. Tung said so. But that does not mean he was spared of financial stresses in Hong Kong, a city where your living spaces shrink when rents shoot up. To jointly buy a flat in Ho Man Tin with Jenny, Tung actually borrowed money to bet on share investment. All was in vain and Jenny had to bear his debts when he was in a psychiatric hospital.

Tung and his father wanted a new life, so was Jenny. But things got very wrong in the first place, and it can hardly be rectified later on.

Always strive to have a good start. When you understand the message Mad World was trying to convey, you will definitely know that this is not a cliché.

由於覺得難以承受,我通常很少看情緒很沉重的電影。我不喜歡在電影院看人家呼天搶地的,因此買票看電影通常挑一些輕鬆搞笑的電影。縱使喜歡哀傷的歌,但就是不喜歡悲傷的電影。
但《一念無明》就是不同的劇本。我買票支持這一部由余文樂與曾志偉主演的電影,正如我也支持林家棟與姜皓文主演的《樹大招風》。
這部電影中,余文樂飾演患上躁鬱症的阿東,曾志偉在電影中飾演阿東的父親,以前在他童年時期就拋妻棄子。阿東之前一直照顧母親,她日夜期盼阿東的大哥回港帶她一起移民美國。祇是,這是永遠都沒有實現的願望。身邊每個人都離開了老女人,祇有阿東一個人默默地照顧她,甚至是辭職、糟蹋自己婚姻也在所不惜。
阿東的未婚妻 Jenny 建議他讓母親入住照護所,結果兩人為此吵得不可開交,因為阿東不願意離開母親。阿東離開精神病院之後跟著父親住在唐樓的劏房(分間樓宇單位)。阿東依然堅持照顧父親,哪怕他老人家以前曾經犯錯。
過去與現在,阿東都是個好仔。歷經風風雨雨之後,阿東出席友人路易斯的婚宴。席上路易斯想發表感言給岳父岳母致謝,無奈賓客祇顧大聲聊天而無暇理會他。阿東看不過眼,於是上臺怒斥來賓。他說來賓應該給主人家多些尊重,而不是竊竊私語討論晚宴花了多少錢、人家的戒指值得多少錢。
阿東的說法一直都很對,而他的看法其實正常,不正常的是那些時刻講錢的人。這是阿東的說法。祇是,對於生活在香港的經濟壓力,他其實不能倖免,因為這座城市就是「愈住愈貴,愈住愈細」。為了跟 Jenny合資買下何文田一個單位,阿東借錢炒股票結果燒到手,計畫泡湯之後阿東入住精神病院,Jenny則一直背負他的債務。
新生活是阿東、他父親、Jenny都想要的。祇是,事情一開始就鑄成大錯,之後就很難再回頭。時時尋求一個好開始。你我皆知這不是陳腔濫調,若明白《一念無明》想傳遞的訊息的話。

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