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文︰黃勺嫚，影像無國界導師 | Text: Wong Cheuk-man, Teaching Artist of All About Us
英譯︰黃澄楓 | English Translation: Janice Wong
Jackey Hang Limbu是尼泊爾人，現年二十歲，皮膚黝黑，帶眼鏡，小眼睛，老說自己長得像中國人。他是訓練營我組中年齡最大的學生，比較老成持重，習慣每天早上六時起床，沖個冷水澡，喝杯黑咖啡，最喜歡塔倫天奴的電影，尤其鍾愛他的對白。記得Jackey在拍攝時，表現成熟冷靜，總是不斷提意見，但也很願意聆聽大家的意見。作為導師，我可以放心讓他做導演、攝影師，穩定軍心。只不過他隨時會喊肚餓疲倦，想吃東西，讓人捉摸不定，忍俊不禁。
Jackey Hang Limbu is a 20-year-old Nepalese. Brown-skinned, small-eyed and wearing specs, Jackey often joked he looked quite Chinese. He was the eldest in my group, and his maturity shows. Every morning, he would be up at six, take a cold shower then enjoy a cup of black coffee – just like clockwork. Tarantino is his favourite director, whose captivating lines impressed many. When filming, Jackey was calm, collected and eager to exchange thoughts with others. As his Teaching Artist, I trusted his directing and filming decisions, more so his talent to lead – he made people laugh, too, especially when he suddenly asked for a snack or a break.
Born in Hong Kong, Jackey has lived here on and off for ten years, having moved away when he was four for family reasons. Here, he is a minority, a passenger and an outsider with no place to call home. He doesn’t live with his parents. Instead, he moves around the city with his local relatives. He has lived in Wan Chai, Jordan and Mong Kok. The Kowloon district was the worst – the buildings were decrepit, the streets were swamped with crime and drunks, not to mention the bright neon lights that kept him up at night. Hong Kong has its shortcomings – overpriced, over-populated and over-polluted, just to name a few – but none of them matters. Jackey loves Hong Kong for its vibrant, multi-cultural life and the chance to make friends of many ethnicities. The natural scenery is beautiful too – he discovered when kayaking in Sai Kung.
However, language proved to be an issue. Living in Hong Kong, he wanted to learn Cantonese but it was hard. There is no alphabet in Chinese, and the tones sounds nothing like his mother tongue. Not speaking the language means he can’t blend in. He can’t chat freely when he is at grocery stores or restaurants. The language barrier is a big concern of his, and he admitted he couldn’t foresee a future in Hong Kong. If he wanted to make films here, he believed, he must know the language. Yet, it isn’t an obstacle he can easily overcome. The chance of admission to a local university is slim too. This is why Jackey plans to leave and reunite with his family in England, where he will study films and British literature. He decision sheds light on a big issue hindering the local film industry – the language barrier deters minorities from pursuing a film-related career here.
Nonetheless, his passion for films never faded. He loves watching films and actively seeks out research online to broaden his mind. He writes stories and makes comics. He loves films for the various sensory elements contained in one single art form, and how video and audio combines to create immersive cinematic experiences. Films don’t only entertain – they change people. Jackey is young but he understands that, and he has his own ideas already. Once, we were heading home on the MTR. He asked me what made a good director. When I was still contemplating my answer, he shared his: a good director is a good artist who constantly challenges the norm, explores new storytelling methods and exhibits exceptional vision. He then told me had he the chance, he would make a low-budget film about a group of strangers of conflicting backgrounds who bonded over hardship and grew close like family. When I think about it, his idea surely echoes his life – one full of separation and reunion.