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Frightening Fiction in a Wrecked Reality

Hong Kong's May You Stay Forever Young is Indie Movie for the Ages

Making a movie during a crisis about the crisis is the best way to capture the emotional essence of the time. However, it's also the most difficult type of art to capture the holistic nature of the times.

"But this what the indie film, May You Stay Forever Young, did. It's movie that creates adventure in the middle of a disaster. It's a story that layers subplots on the main plot, like perfect movie cake."

-Summary of the move-

After a young Anti-Extradition Law protester announces she will commit suicide on social media, a group of fellow protestors must race against time to find her before it is too late.

In June 2019, a series of massive demonstrations against the Hong Kong government’s attempt to revise and pass the Extradition Law led to a chain of suicides by young protesters to validate their opposition. The story takes place on 28th July, a week after the white mob attack in Yuen Long. YY, a 17-year-old girl, announced her attempt to end her life on Instagram. After that, she couldn’t be contacted or located. Nam, the 20-year-old “comrade” she met after a protest-related arrest, and amongst others, frantically searched for her around Kwai Tsing district where she lived. Her photo and other information were posted on Telegram and LIHKG Forum, resulting in hundreds of volunteers joining the search. It’s a run against time. emotionally exhausting hunt, she was finally located in Mongkok, the busiest area populated by young people. Meanwhile, on the island side, protesters are confronting the fully armed riot police. Yet, it becomes a dilemma for those who are still searching for YY.

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