The truth about poverty

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 March, 2008, 12:00am

Directed by local filmmaker Cheung King-wai - who wrote the script for Ann Hui On-wah's upcoming Tin Shui Wai - All's Right with the World is a remarkable look at the issue of hidden poverty in Hong Kong.

The film focuses on five poor families during the Lunar New Year. Although they come from different backgrounds, they all share a similar fate and humble lifestyle that will shock viewers who have never considered dining at McDonald's a luxury.

Through the candid interviews and beautiful cinematography, All's Right with the World takes us into a world where nothing is quite right, although at first glance everything seems normal.

The subjects are neither starving nor without shoes. But as Cheung says in the director's note, 'this is just on the surface'. Poverty has not gone away. It is just being blanketed and hidden. We are often ignorant to the emotional and physical hardships that many welfare recipients go through.

Are people poor because of fate, social inequality or personal weakness? Cheung is not interested in making a moral conclusion. He is just inviting us to open our eyes to see that not all's right with the world.

All's Right with the World will be shown on March 22 at 10.30am and March 30 at 6pm at the Hong Kong Space Museum as part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. For details, go to