A Pocketful of Song

2018, 17 minutes, 4:3, colour, sound

A bustling market street chimes with the gentle chaos of a lone, decades-old collectible coin and stamp shop in its midst. The elderly shop owner shares stories of the stamps and the world passing by.

一家专营珍奇钱币和邮票的老店,开业已经数十年,在日益扰攘的街市里,依然故我,过着寂寞而不慌不忙的日子,老店主细说邮票的故事, 见证时代兴替。

林芷欣 制作
联同鄧佩芳,林憲勲,卢连胜

A film by Audrey Lam
with Pui-Fong Tang, Hin-Fan Lam, Lin-Sing Lo

Director’s note

I filmed my great-aunt at her collectible coin and stamp shop in Kwun Tong, one of the most densely populated districts in Hong Kong. Many came from China to this area in the industrial post-war years. My great-aunt has lived and worked, on and off, in this shop for over fifty years. Nowadays, it’s a bustling market street – full of butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers and other busy merchants – whereas trade at my great-aunt’s shop is much…quieter. Happily, this quiet gives her and I time for other things: like reading the newspaper, family and cat visits, neighbourhood gossip, stamps show and tell, and watching the day pass by.

导演手记

我到姨婆在观塘的邮票钱币店去,把她在店内的生活拍成电影,那儿是香港人口最稠密的地区之一,在战后工业化的年代,大量从中国大陆来的人拥到该区,过去五十多年间,姨婆一直断断续续地在店内居住和工作, 到今天, 小店所在已变成繁忙的市集街道——到处是肉店,鱼贩,蔬菜摊档 和其他商店,姨婆的店子就相对冷清多了,幸好,这却让姨婆有闲情和我专注在其他事情上:比方看报纸,招待家人到访和逗弄小猫,与邻居话家常,说说邮票的故事,还有看看店外的光景流逝等等。

Excerpt from 風雨同路 (Together On The Stormy Road)

as sung by Pui-Fong Tan, translated by the Lam Family

似是歡笑
似是苦困
怎可分開假與真
恩怨不分
愛亦有恨
明亮背影有黑暗
往事不記
往事不理
一生幾多苦與甘
珍惜今朝
盼望以後
同渡困苦與厄困
今天且雙親
那知他朝不相分
地老天荒轉眼恩義泯
不必怕多變幻
風雨同路見真心
月缺一樣星星襯
似是歡笑
似是苦困
怎可分開假與真
恩怨不分
愛亦有恨
明亮背影有黑暗

 

Is it happiness?
Is it hardship?
How to know which is which?
Showing me kindness or causing me pain – I don’t know which
Love is stained with hate
Brightness blinds you towards the shadows
Don’t dwell on the past
Leave it behind
How sweet and how bitter life is
Cherish today
Hope tomorrow
Together we journey through hardship and tragedy
Let’s stay close to each other today
Who knows when we will be apart
Love and hate will vanish in the end
Fear not the change that comes
Storms reveal one’s true colours
Even in the waning moon, the stars shine bright
Is it happiness?
Is it hardship?
How to know which is which?
Showing me kindness or causing me pain – I don’t know which
Love is stained with hate
The brightness blinds you towards the shadow

Screenings

2019 OzAsia Adelaide

2018 Brisbane International Film Festival

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