This movie begins in 1969 with a mass emigration of refugees from China. The narrator explains how many Chinese fled to Hong Kong and during this time many families were split apart. The story focuses on a boy named San who is separated from his father during this time and his mother had died in childbirth. He thus is left in charge of his Auntie. During a school day he is caught up in an anti-British riot and falls in with a criminal family and meets a boy named Sas.
This is a story about the life of San and how it really seems to go nowhere. He begins as a really bright kid but he is soft spoken and easily led. He is led away from his school and his auntie and onto the streets with San, who is a much more out spoken young man. His young life is breezed through but during this we see how he came onto the streets and how he was forced to become a heroin addict after San stole money from a drug lord. The movie fastforward to a time when he is released from a detox centre and returns to normal society, but at this time even though his auntie loves him and wants to set him straight, he has chosen his destiny and does not want to leave it.
San is contrasted a lot with Sas. San is soft spoken and quite while Sas is loud and always wanting to cause a scene. Sas is the dominant member of the group and his wants to live fast and die young. San on the other hand falls for one young lady and desires to marry her and spend his life with her. This reminds me much of my life and I am a lot like San, even though I talk a lot around people that I know, I tend to be soft spoken at other times. Sas reminds me of a friend name Tony Naghi who was a refugee from Romania. He was loud and foolish, having big dreams but not thinking through the consequences. He was always wanting to have as many women as possible while I will be happy with a single companion for life. Sas knows all of the lines and is able to sweet talk anybody while San is shy and simple forces himself onto women.
There is a difference between San and myself. San does not leave Sas and continues to get further into trouble as he follows Sas' foolish lead. The last time I saw Tony Naghi he was ready to skip the state a second time to escape gaol. He was looking at a long time in adult gaol and he did not want to go there, so he ran. He asked me to come along but I refused. Now I have returned to school, graduated and am looking to go into Law. Whether I will get there or not is up to God, but it is something that I am thinking about doing.
The biggest change is that I accepted Jesus as my lord and saviour. It is interesting how we consider the name to be wimpy but Iesus Christos is far from being a wimp. He is God. My life was spiralling downwards and even though I had walked away from Tony, I was still mixing with undesirable people, people that would lead me back to where I wanted to escape from. It was my turning to Christ that brought me away. No human could have brought me out of the pit that I had fallen into, but Christ did, and he is no mere man.
As to the movie, it was a reasonable movie but it fell down with the structure. There was a lot of cuts and at the beginning it was difficult to see what was going on. There was continuity but it jumped across large portions of San's life. This became distracting and every time it happened one had to regain one's bearings before one could continue.
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