Bittersweet stories of Hong Kongers contending with nostalgia and an uncertain future give way to a comical documentary assault on sentiment. Two immigrant Hong Kong women – one from mainland China, one from Indonesia – live together in a little village. They join forces to undertake an epic journey to the big city. Brothers return to their working-class neighborhood for one last hangout in their mother’s toy store. With new responsibilities looming, they take refuge in childhood memories. A local economics teacher and a “native English-speaking teacher” from the States spend one school year crisscrossing Hong Kong. As they say goodbye, they recall their earnest contemplation of after-school snacks. A young barista and music-video star puts aside her many interests to run for district council. She fights both a pro-establishment incumbent and her own disdain for human interaction.

Leung Ming kai, Kate Reilly
78 mins