“I’m Livin’ It” Critically Falls Flat, But Alex Man Shines
After extended push-backs due to the coronavirus, Hong Kong drama film I’m Livin’ It <麥路人> finally earned its premiere last week. The film stars Aaron Kwok (郭富城) as a former financial analyst who was imprisoned for misappropriating funds. Struggling to find work after his release, Aaron finds shelter at a fast food restaurant, where he starts helping other grassroots also spending time at the restaurant.
Despite the star-studded cast, which also includes Miriam Yeung (楊千嬅), Alex Man (萬梓良), Cheung Tat Ming (張達明), Nina Paw (鮑起靜), Liu Yase (劉雅瑟), and Zeno Koo (顧定軒), the film falls flat in delivering the emotions it was meant to evoke, with too many characters and not enough time to tell all of them. Supporting actors shined in the film, leaving little room to expand the main character’s story.
What the film has done exceptionally well, however, was the story about Uncle Waiting (Alex Man). Uncle Waiting was a retired firefighter who witnessed his wife jump to her death. Unable to accept reality, Uncle Waiting resorted to waiting for his late wife every single day at the fast food restaurant. He would sit on the same table, with one glass of water, looking directly at the empty space in front of him.
Alex Man’s eye-catching moment in the film was the scene where Uncle Waiting cried and screamed in the streets after kicked out of the restaurant. The heart-drenching scene was done exceptionally well, completely erasing the aftertaste of Alex’s former performances in older films and TV dramas.
I’m Livin’ It was released in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China on September 17, 2020. Check out the trailer below:
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.