Cult video clip a blockbuster of the internet

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 May, 2006, 12:00am

By now, you may already have seen the stealth video clip 'bus uncle' featuring an angry middle-aged man shouting obscenities at a fellow passenger who tapped him on the shoulder for talking too loudly on his mobile phone.

The clip, shot by an amateur nearby, has achieved cult status and been downloaded from the internet more than 400,000 times a week. It probably has been watched by more Hong Kong residents than most mainstream movies in the past year.

'You've got pressure; I've got pressure too,' yelled bus uncle at the clueless young man. (There is a musical remix version of this classic line set to a rap beat linked to the original clip.)

No doubt it will take its rightful place alongside Peter Finch's (pictured) immortal cri de coeur from Hollywood movie Network: 'I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!'

Boy, can you think of a better retort than bus uncle's to encapsulate the bottled up rage that comes from living in this world class cauldron of a city waiting to explode?