School Bus Karaoke
An old school bus driver who can sing found his soul mate in his bus.
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Producer/s : Ng Pak Yin,
Director/s : Tse Chun Ting,
Writer/s : Tse Chun Ting, Wong Hoi
Actor/s : Simon Chung, Marcus Chan
Simon is the archetypal beaten-down little man. He plays live music in a bar but always has to do covers, and never gets the chance to perform his own songs. Things escalate when the cd goes missing from the bus, and Simon shouts at the kid who videoed him… which inevitably loses him the job, after ten years loyal service. The school’s Principal has the air of a triad boss about him
It would be wrong to divulge the twist, but there is one, and it brings warmth to the bleak tragi-comedy of Simon’s life. He is played by Simon Chung with a hapless acceptance of fate, reminiscent of the poor father in Parasite.
Director Tse Chung Ting brings high production values to such a small film, including a bird’s eye view of the school bus, scenes in the bar and the restaurant where Simon plays, and a full school assembly hall. Writer Wong Hoi deserves credit too, for a story with pathos and humour that packs a lot of humanity into its short runtime. It may not seem to have a happy ending for Simon the driver, and he may not have a job. But he is, for once, appreciated, and maybe that’s more important.