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Why Me? DVD

Mandarin and/or Cantonese Multilingual DVDs

Hong Kong Movie

Family Drama

91 Minutes


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Why Me? (1985)


Director: Kent Cheng Juk-Si

Starring: Chow Yun Fat, Kent Cheung Juk-Si, Olivia Cheung Man-Ar

Chow Yun Fat plays a supporting role in this movie: he's the burnt-out boyfriend and boss of an eager, novice social worker (Olivia Cheng Man-Ar) who tries to help out a mentally-retarded man "Fat Cat". Fat Cat is played superbly by Kent Cheng Juk-Si, who won the 1986 HKFA Best Actor for this movie (followed in 1987 by Chow Yun Fat for ABT).

The movie's strength is its focus on the failure of the social system, and of society, to deal fairly with the mentally ill: Fat Cat's mother is ignorant, though well-meaning, the welfare system is overburdened, and the other villagers misinformed and malicious. The tragic ending to this movie would wring tears from a stone.

On the other hand, the romance comes across as an afterthought (as does the grotesque ending-after-the-ending that was obviously tacked on to the script to lighten things up), and the movie is further burdened by strained subplots involving the dysfunctional family life of the protagonist (see Paul Chu Kong as a drunken ex-dad, among other stereotyped characters). An uneven but worthwhile movie.

DVD: List Price: US $17.95

Sale Price: US$8.95

Language: Cantonese / Mandarin

Subtitle: English / Traditional Chinese / Simplified Chinese / Japanese, Indonesia / Korean / French

All Regions (Can be played on any DVD player in the world)

Letter Box

Rating: I - Suitable for all audiences (roughly equal to an MPPA rating of "G" or "PG") Films rated Category I contain nothing most parents will consider offensive for their children to see or hear. Nudity, drug use, explicit language, violence and adult situations are largely absent, and if present are seen only briefly and at a moderate level.