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Walter is 20. He hasn't got a job, a girlfriend or any clear convictions. He rejects conventional values, notably his father's submissive acceptance of a life working in a factory as well as a social life, including sex (he is, self-consciously, a virgin). An on-and-off philosophy student, he'd like to be a committed nihilist but is too insecure. 'All Fall Down' paints a picture of Walter as he weakly tries to find his independence. Written by
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Scared? Yes, I was scared. But I wanted her so badly. What would I do once out that door? Would I penetrate her? The word made me laugh. "May I penetrate you?" Not to mention the other thing, the clitoris. Why must they have such scary names? Where is the clitoris? How do you find it? Do they give you a map? Female orgasm...how could you tell? Did a neon sign come out? "Yes, I came, thank you." And premature ejaculation? Premature in what respect? Who the hell invented penis envy anyway? What ...
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Once in our lifetime, we do experience what Walter does: don't know what to do next about everything, relationship, career, faith etc etc.
I watched this some years ago on Interactive TV, still, I remember it so well because I know so well what Walter undergoes. Just like many young people, I once desired so tremendously that I would be the master of my belief and philosophy that I didn't want to imitate or even learn from others. Absolute freedom and definitely new ideas would be generated from my soul. In those campus days, "contamination of spirit or soul" was what I tried so hard to steer clear of. Yet, as days went by, when pride and aspiration plunged from their pinnacle, nihilistic romance is not a loyal lover any more.
The Hong Kong Chinese translation of the film title is very local: "Life's Sandwich". With a ham in the middle and two pieces of bread on the outside, a sandwich is made. In our culture, "Sandwich" means someone who is being pressed in the front and at the back so they cannot move forward or backward. And Walter is being trapped like one by his family, society, government and his own self.
In the city, thousands and thousands of new graduates are being emitted from the drains, pipes or chimneys of the universities. Due to the economic downturn, they find it baffling when it comes to job hunting. We have many many Hong Kong Walters.
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