Flight from Hong Kong to Taipei is quite short and roughly takes about 120 minutes. Excluding activities like takeover, meal serving and landing, actual flight time is really short.
Since my previous trip to Taiwan lasted for more than two weeks, I had to settle all those ongoing issues before the trip. Having just few hours of sleep before leaving Hong Kong, I was a little bit tired after boarding the plane. As such a short flight time made sleeping or watching a movie not really feasible, I finally decided to take a rest and listen to some music instead.
細看歌曲選單中有一首昔日我很喜愛的歌 – 未來的未來。一路聽著，一幕幕的記憶湧上心頭。
Looking through the directory of the inflight music programme, I noticed a song that I loved long ago – 未來的未來 (or The Future). This song brought back all those memories of the old days, good or bad, happy or sad.
未來的未來 was written by famous composer and singer, Lee Shou-Chuan, as the soundtrack of the film “Super Citizen“. A song that I known for more than thirty years but yet I have not watched the film before.
超級市民 Super Citizen
The story was centered around an illegal residential zone called「康樂里」in the Taipei. A young man came to Taipei from his home town Kaohsiung, looking for his sister who went to Taipei for works years ago. He could not find his sister but met her neighbour “Rolex” who sold fake gold watches. In the course of searching his sister, he had the chance to experience the dark sides of the city.
Feeling disappointed, he considered to return home. However, in the last-minute, the decided to stay in Taipei as a “Super Citizen”.
The film revealed the common scenes of Taipei in the eighties: the life of the working class, sad stories of the poverty, the rebellious teenager, people who engaged in theft or porn industry in order to earn a living. There were not much over-emotional portraits in the film and everything just came naturally as percieved by the audience.
Personally, I believed all those scenes are part of the evolution of a city. Frankly speaking, Hong Kong also carried those characteristics in the seventies and early eighties.
This film was the first part of the Super Citizen trilogy by Director Wan Jen, who was one of the influential figures of the Taiwan New Wave Cinema Movement of the eighties. The other two of the series were Super Citizen Ko in 1995 and Connection by Fate in 1998. I wish I could have a look of them in the near future.
The illegal residential zone「康樂里」was now where the Linsen Park and Kangle Park resided. Interestingly enough, I happened to be there during my last day of stay in Taipei.
By the way, one thing that really touched me while listening to the song in the flight, was a related song sang by artist Danny Summer. That Cantonese song 說不出的未來 was based on the same melody as 未來的未來 but the verse was entirely rewritten.
Despite the song was released more than 30 years ago, it truly reflected how frustrated or helpless that we are now, here in Hong Kong.
說不出的未來 作詞：劉卓輝 作曲：李壽全 歌手：夏韶聲 霧裏看都市 憂傷與灰暗 人們在抱怨天氣 互說風光 我對你傾訴 但充滿了隔膜 似是我故作寂寞在一角 愛上了電視 不需要思索 模糊面對工作 日夜去奔波 偶爾看齣戲 漆黑裏歡樂 我愛你那歌曲天天播 曾話過 賽馬不禁 跳舞自由 曾話過 這裡不變 我會逗留 你問我 我為何 說不出 對未來的感覺 那個要包裝 青春與奔放 誰高呼空虛 觀眾便心醉 我聽到歌聲 醫不了飢餓 上帝愛你跟祂去天國 誰做錯 世界到處有難民 誰做錯 你要降世救罪人 你問我 我為何 說不出 對未來的感覺 今天我知 鄉村變了都市 今天也知 文明原來是這樣 告訴我 你會叫喊與淚流 告訴我 這個世界叫地球 告訴我 我為何 說不出 對未來的感覺 告訴我 你會奮鬥到盡頭 告訴我 看到了自由 告訴我 我為何 說不出 對未來的感覺 Sorry, no English translation here 🙇🏽♂️
Last but not least, here is a nicely prepared music video for the Cantonese song.
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