Film review: McDull, the Alumni

McDull, the Alumni

Title McDull, the Alumni
Director Samson Chiu Leung-Chun
Producer Peter Chan Ho-Sun
Length 91 minutes
Year 2006
IMDB IMDB entry
DVD Region 0 / NTSC / Dolby Digital 5.1 / DTS 5.1 / Cantonese, Mandarin audio / Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English Subtitles
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I asked to see this film mainly out of curiosity arising from the first two, My Life as McDull (2001) and McDull, Prince de la Bun (2004). I watched the first two while on study leave for my final actuarial exams, and was greatly amused by the contrast between the simplicity of the McDull character and the complexity of the plat and its commentary on life in Hong Kong.

The starting context is this. In the midst of a siege in a nondescript office complex, it turned out that both the captors and their hostages were alumni from the “Flower on the Spring Field Kindergarten”, McDull’s first school.

From reminiscing the early days of discussing what the students aspire to be when they grow up came a satirical commentary on life in Hong Kong. Targets include vocational university degrees, steam boating, the importance of lunch, corporate motivational speakers and many more.

Unlike the first two, most of this film is live action, assisted by many on Hong Kong’s A-list. Only a few minutes were animated like the previous films. So those who are looking for cute characters are likely to be disappointed.

It’s an intriguing film, with lots to think about. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if many came out of the film totally confused, and thus disappointed. Not for everyone.

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