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my apologies, this became a bit of a ramble but i promise there’s constructive criticism in here! the moment i saw the title of this work, i knew i had to read it immediately. as you can probably tell from my profile, i come from hong kong and my city (and by the looks of it, your city too!) is rarely explored in literature, aside from writers trying to show how exotic their character is or how ~intriguing~ and ~mysterious~ hong kong is. with that being said, i love the way you describe hong kong. your flow and rhythm of words is stunning and it feels like you’re showing me your version of hong kong, the city that YOU see in your eyes when you think of it. the use of colours, the repetition of ‘i am’, the dreamy descriptions of these various movie scenes is simply ethereal, and it feels like a guide through a foggy, wistful dream of memories someone once had. the mentions of hong kong movie stars like maggie cheung and tony leung also are such a nice touch to making this seem all the more real and personable to you. it shows you really do know the hk movie scene and in all, this to me feels like you are introducing hong kong through a 60s film reel.
as you mentioned, this is a love letter written by you to hong kong and something i’m interested in is how did you start watching hong kong movies? why did it speak to you? however, stylistically, plot-wise, formatting is all superb to me and i think you’ve done a brilliant job in all these aspects.
honestly, this is simply extraordinary. i was speechless after i read it and with it being such dark times with corona, the protests, and all the other stuff that has gone down in hong kong right now, i’m grateful your piece came up on my feed. you’ve reminded me how beautiful hong kong can be and is, even in these moments. thank you and keep safe :)