A hawkers‘ son, who has long despised his parents‘ job, rediscovers how the vanishing Aberdeen Market matters before its reconstruction, unravelling the intersection between hawkers‘ life trajectories and the city‘s socio-historical transition.
Goodbye, Aberdeen seeks to document three hawkers‘ family stories before and during the reconstruction of Aberdeen Market.
Fung has never felt the market familiar, even though his parents Hoi-tong and Pun have been working there for nearly 40 years. Having revisited this vanishing market, he discovers how this place matters to him. Hoi-tong met Pun at Hee Kee, her mother‘ s vegetable store, yet the couple rarely enjoyed a romantic time. Urban subaltern love stories are full of tensions between debts and favour, freedom and responsibility.
Shing (勝) literally means “victory“ in Chinese. Yet Shing Kee hardly feels victorious his entire life. In the 1980s, Shing Kee reluctantly “left“ the foreign-funded company and took over his father’s coffee hawker stall. For thirty years he has experienced and witnessed ridicule and hypocrisy, leaving no feeling of nostalgia for this wet market.
Wing-hang finally decided to accompany his mother to keep his father‘s time-honoured brand of a dried seafood shop. However, in 2021, the young man bids farewell to this city, starting his new life in London.
Two generations of business heirs pursue three different trajectories. Be it staying, leaving or closing down the business, the documentary delineates how hawkers‘ life trajectories intersect with the city‘s socio-historical transition.
“The reason I curated Goodbye, Aberdeen is simple. I hope to document the life stories of my parents, and those folks who have been dwelling in the Aberdeen Market. Wet markets in Hong Kong are often portrayed as an old-fashioned and nostalgic place, and are destined to be demolished and redeveloped. The sentimental portrayal and imagination somehow override the actual feelings and thoughts of these market women and men. Through the ‘root-seeking‘ journey, I hope to visualise and present these marginalised voices.“ — CHUNG, Hiu Fung (Co-Director, Producer)
“Goodbye, Aberdeen is a story about Hong Kong urban subaltern culture. A market is like an underworld where one could find kindness, resentment, resignation, banality and goodness. Apart from making a living, one also witnesses freedom, bonding, ideals and responsibility. Reconstruction represents the death and life of a city. These choices of staying, leaving or returning are coincidental with the motif of Hongkongers over the past few years. A public wet market seemingly echoes with this city‘s destiny.“ — WONG, Ka Wai Dorothy (Co-Director)
聯合導演 / 監製
Co-Director / Producer
CHUNG Hiu Fung
CHUNG Hiu Fung obtained his MPhil in Communication from the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He worked as a part-time assistant director for documentary production at the Radio Television Hong Kong. With a keen interest in urban development, histories of the subaltern culture and social inequalities, he seeks to unravel cultural texture, social tensions and historical transformation of Hong Kong through visual story-telling.
WONG Ka Wai, Dorothy
Dorothy WONG graduated from the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and obtained her master’s degree from Malmö University in Sweden. She has worked at various advertising agencies and local media. She is now the Program Director at a local social enterprise, promoting media literacy education and producing knowledge documentaries.
Cinematographer / Editor
LI Kai Ho
李啟浩，Fin Fin 影像工作室共同創辦人，畢業於香港演藝學院，作品曾於本土及海外電影節參展。
LI Kai Ho, graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is the co-founder of Fin Fin visual studio. His works have been screened in different local and overseas film festivals.
影像單位 / 製作公司
Film Unit / Production Company
Mars Media Academy
Fin Fin 工作室
Fin Fin Studio