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Echoes of the Rainbow (2010)

Sui yuet san tau (original title)
The ups and downs of a Hong Kong family and their shoe shop as seen through the eyes of their eccentric eight-year-old son.

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Mr. Law
Sandra Kwan Yue Ng ...
Mrs. Law
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Desmond Law / Big Ears (as a teenager) (as Aarif)
Buzz Chung ...
Big Ears
Paul Chun ...
Big Uncle - barber (as Paul Chiang)
Evelyn Choi ...
Flora Liu
Ping Ha ...
Grandma (as Teresa Loo)
Vincent Kok ...
Mr. Ho, the tailor (Guest star)
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Miss Chan - Big Ears' teacher (guest star)
Lawrence Ah Mon ...
Goldfish Seller (as Lawrence Lau)
Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung ...
Doctor (guest star)
Clifton Ko ...
Customer with three kids (guest star)
Chun-Sau Ha ...
Mrs. Law's Father (Guest star) (as Ng Kam Chuen)
King-Cheong Lung ...
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Tina Lau ...
Flora's mom (Guest star) (as Tina Liu)
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The ups and downs of a Hong Kong family and their shoe shop as seen through the eyes of their eccentric eight-year-old son.

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Wing Lee Street, the setting and filming location had been subjected to a redevelopment plan despite objections by the locals as the street; however its success at the Berlin International Film Festival ensured the wishes of the protesters as the Urban Renewal Authority (URA), who proposed the redevelopment abandoned the plan. See more »

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A Rare Family Treat
6 April 2010 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

MOVIES often transport us to worlds of fantasy and hype. This one, however, strives for nostalgic realism, tempering yesteryear charm and familial bond with a touch of tragedy. It is not a movie for the masses but "Echoes Of The Rainbow" is a rare gem for film buffs who look for something different from the familiar fare.

It will take you back to the Sixties, at the time when Neil Armstrong walked the moon, and maybe wring a tear or two out of you...

The film is about eight-year-old Big Ears (Buzz Chung Siu To, who narrates), growing up on Wing Lee Street in Hong Kong's Sheung Wan district, where his father (Simon Yam) runs a shoe shop on one end while his uncle owns a hair salon at the opposite end. Together, they take care of their customers' top and bottom, or so they boast.

Big Ears is a spoilt brat who makes a hobby of pinching stuff, quite unlike his elder brother Desmond (singer Aarif Lee) who is both a model student and a top athlete in school. The narrative follows the adventures of the two brothers, with Desmond courting the demure Flora (Evelyn Choi) - and Big Ears wearing a fish bowl on his head, dreaming of becoming Hong Kong's first astronaut.

The first thing that grabs us is the movie's attention to detail, recreating a part of Hong Kong that vibrates with local street life and small-time enterprise. The mood of nostalgia is further enhanced by director Law Kai Yu's inclusion of catchy Sixties songs, especially those of the Monkees, that Desmond loves to listen on the transistor radio. In this world, poverty may be romanticised with the neighbourhood community gathering together for dinner but the dark side, of widespread bribe-taking and corrupt cops and nurses, is also explored.

The cast is exemplary too, with young Buzz Chung effortlessly stealing the show from Aarif Lee and even veteran Yam. Chung helps to give the film a touch of playfulness and naivete, showing us Big Ear's kiddie point of view. Lee is rather bland in his role as the 'model son' and student but Sandra Ng is in her element as the resourceful and sweet-tongued mother. I find the ending rather melodramatic and predictable. Still, it seems the only way to close the story.

This movie won the Crystal Bear Award at the 60th Berlin Film Festival for Best New Generation Film and has been nominated for six prizes at the Hong Komng Film Awards. A rare and refreshing family movie. - By LIM CHANG MOH (limchangmoh.blogspot.com)


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