In Cheung Chau, one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands, a village of fishermen has experienced the economic miracle of the city only from afar. To the outsider’s eyes, it may seem like this village has kept an old-fashioned look, but for those who have spent their lives here, Cheung Chau has undergone profound changes through the economic rise and fall of this metropolis. On these shores, the Yau-Tai or Peaceful Day food stall provides a glimpse of local life; it is a microcosm reflecting many of Hong Kong’s realities. In early 2019 a proposed extradition bill by the Hong Kong government causes huge protests among residents, and the tranquil microcosm of the food stall is shaken. Fewer and fewer tourists make the journey to Cheung Chau, and the business is profoundly affected. Younger customers such as Heavy Beauty support the protests, while the older generation, including the boss A-Cheung, side with the police and the government. This generational gap and the generational gap and the ensuing disagreements start to drive a wedge between the generations, and the “Peaceful Day” friendly vibe starts to become threatened. Was the Peaceful Day just an illusion?
I decided to tell the story of how the lives in and around the Yau-Tai food stall have changed over time. I want the audience to take a journey with me in this film, and to witness how the world around us changes society and therefore the people inside it. We especially notice these changes when it is the people closest to us. In a microcosm where tradition and modernity clash, and where the boundaries of the family are redefined, I want to explore the feelings that bring us together and that sometimes also force us apart. Do relationships that were born and nurtured in a physical space live on after and outside that space? Or are these relationships bound to their place of birth, destined to exist briefly and remain only in our memories?