題外話，下星期還有在香港電影節常看到的芬蘭導演Aki Kaurismäki新作Fallen Leaves，以前常覺得他的電影應該要在超殘舊的電影院看的。
「The be(are)st Christmas tree this year.」
Several times, upon leaving the lobby of Rio Cinema after watching a movie, something interesting has happened. The last time, I encountered a costume party, and this time, they were thoughtfully setting up a Christmas tree made of teddy bears. I heard that there will be a lighting ceremony tomorrow on the streets of East London, where the temperature is zero degrees, creating a heartwarming scene.
The Dalston neighborhood in East London always gives off a somewhat shabby feeling, but every time I pass by Rio Cinema, it reminds me of the old theaters in 80s Hong Kong. Particularly memorable are the Golden Theatre in Sham Shui Po (now Golden Plaza) from my childhood and the Amusement Theatre in Sheung Shui. Times have changed, and Hong Kong’s old theaters have been demolished or transformed into well-lit markets. Now they probably no longer exist. Coming to distant England, it feels like everything has been preserved unchanged before my eyes, which is somewhat unbelievable.
On a side note, next week there is a new film by Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki, titled “Fallen Leaves,” which I often used to think should be watched in extremely run-down cinemas, just like the ones commonly seen at the Hong Kong Film Festival.