The Way We Were | 我們都是這樣長大

Documentary 紀實


Production Stage
In-Development 發展中

Total Budget
US$ 259,453

Goal 參與目標
Funds, Co-producer, Distribution Partner, Festival Screening

Logline 故事摘要
Hoi-nam and Ah-yat followed their parents and moved to the United Kingdom from Hong Kong. This documentary intends to record their changes in life over the next ten years and serve as a witness to their personal growth.

Synopsis 故事大綱
Dad: Perhaps by the time you’re no longer a Hong Konger, you lost your Hong Kong identity. 
Hoi-nam: I still have it, I don’t have a UK ID. 
Dad: By that time, you’ll have your UK ID. 
Hoi-nam: So do I have to throw my Hong Kong ID away? 
Dad: Maybe… 
In 2021, the Chow family, who had never set foot in the UK, decided to move there. Sister Hoi-nam (8) and brother Ah Yat (5) passively followed their parents to a new country to start their new lives. The siblings face the challenges of a new learning environment, social culture and language shock, which are both exciting and worrying. But more to face are the doubts about their identities, subtle changes in their sibling relationships, and a love-hate relationship with their parents – all complicated emotions for two young kids. This film follows the siblings for ten years, documenting their unique ways of tackling life issues such as identity, family, love, school, and career in a foreign land that will soon become familiar to them. It showcases how they embark on this unpredictable journey of growth.


Director’s Statement 導演闡述
“Perhaps, we won’t find the ideal place after all, but in the process of searching, we can find fulfilment and become our ideal selves, which  could be our most humble yet greatest achievement.” 
As the young siblings passively followed their parents to this new place, we want to explore how facing a completely different cultural environment feels through the eyes of children. Do they feel happy, excited, or worried? By documenting their thoughts and feelings, we can perhaps gain a new perspective on “immigration”. Is that true that many parents believe it can provide their children with a “better future”?
Over the course of this ten-year filming project, we will explore the uncertainties of life, showcasing both the joys and sorrows of the siblings growing up together. We will trace this generation of young people who grew up in a foreign land and how they navigate identity issues in these ever-changing times. We hope that this film will not only connect with the audience’s own personal journey, but also depict the relationship between time and life.


Co-director 聯合導演

HO Yuk Fai 何旭輝
HO graduated from The School of Film and Television at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts with a major in Cinematography. He was the executive producer of the Radio Television Hong Kong drama series Find Me Guilty.
In 2022, HO made his debut as a co-cinematographer on the feature film Fly Me To The Moon. His previous cinematographic works won the ifva Awards Gold Award and were nominated for the Golden Horse Best Short Feature. His directorial debut Eternal Sunshine won the Fresh Wave Best Director Award.


Co-director 聯合導演

WONG Ka-ki 黃嘉祺
WONG Ka-ki graduated from the London Film School – MA in Filmmaking in 2018. She is also an alumni of Berlinale Talents 2021 and 10th Golden Horse Film Academy.


Film Unit / Production Company 影像單位 / 製作公司
Goodnight Production 菲與飛工作室 
Goodnight Production was established in 2017 with the goal of exploring a new perspective on our world and uncovering the deeper layers of human stories. We believe that creation has the power to effect change and bring forth new ideas and beliefs.