Tai O Dairy 2015

In 2015, the third inaugural Documentary Masterclass moved to Tai O village. Twenty-something students from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia completed eight days of training under the mentors. The mentors themselves came from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Students searched for stories in this unique fishing village, completing fourteen short films. They covered the lives of senior citizens, Mr Lam, Auntie Bao, Give and Take andTokyo Store, local handicraft, Shipwrights, Temple Painters and While We Stayed in Tai O; community preservation, My Name Is Wong Wai King; and highlighting people, Yung Yung. These short films capture the lives and features of the old village of Tai O.


Morning
Li Yang, Chan Yat Yin, Ma Luyao
4 min / No Dialogue

What does the dawn in Tai O look like? This film traces the routine of a driver who runs the first bus every day, a worker at the butcher shop, and those who work in a "Cha-chaan-teng" that prepares breakfast for fishermen: this is the yawn of Tai O.

Auntie Bao
Tse Nga In
10 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Jim Yau Giu, one of the Tai O residents, known as Auntie Bao, is 90 this year, and has no children. A stretcher bearer when she was young, though she seems to be lonely now, she is not alone. Many Tai O people like her and always help her.

Mr Lam
Eunice Wong, Sam Au
7 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Kitchen worker Mr. Lam enjoys rural life so he chose to live in Tai O after his retirement, capturing the vivacity of the village with his camera and sharing it with an online community. He soon found himself caught between his passion and the duty as a grandfather – how would he choose?

Yung Yung
Jimmy Lo
17 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Yung Yung is a street cleaner who pushes her trolley through alleys and lanes from day to day. The director documents her everyday work and rest, illustrating the simplicity and authenticity of a Tai O way of life.

Shipwrights
Jean Hu, Frank Yu
6 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Shipbuilding has become a sunset industry because of Hong Kong's economic transformation. Having no successors, the last shipwrights in Tai O have no choice but to let go of the craft of their forefathers and the memories of Tai O.

Give and Take
Joanne Siu
10 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

There is a "Wing On Department Store" in Tai O. It is run by the 81-year-old Mr. Wing On, who makes up at 5: 30 every morning to welcome his customers. The store not only provides Tai O with daily necessities, but also brings novelties to the old man's life.

I Wish
Lam Hei Chun
13 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

The fisherman sails away in his boat early in the morning when everyone else is still sleeping. He earns money as well as friends from selling fish. He seems a happy man with a boatful and a calm sea, but he has one unfulfilled dream – a common dream shared by millions of other Hong Kong people.

While We Stayed in Tai O
Chou Fang-sheng, Xiao Yu-ru
13 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

These Hong Kong and mainland Chinese workers have been nomads all their lives to make a living. Their paths crossed as they arrived at Tai O to renovate the Yeung Hau Temple.

Temple Painter
Sylvia Chang
4 min / in Cantonese with Chi & Eng subtitles

Mr. Wong is a meticulous painter who has come a long way to Tai O to paint the renovated Yeung Hau Temple. The sight of him and his red headscarf on the rooftop of the temple becomes one of the most vibrant scenes in Tai O.

My Name Is Wong Wai King
Yang Zishi, Wong Ziyi
8 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Wong Wai King is Tai O Culture Workshop's founder, and she's devoted in promoting Tai O's culture. When the government suggested to lessen traffic restrictions of South Lantau Road, she left Tai O to join the protests to demand an open consultation.

Keung - The Next Stilt House Builder
Wong Hing Bong
18 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Keung is from a fishing family and grew up in Tai O. After the 2000 Tai O fire, he was recommended by his seniors to learn to build Stilt Houses under skilled professional Hai Chun, and he has been building them ever since.

Seafood Professional
James Leong
11 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

There are seafood shops everywhere at the town centre of Tai O, and Ng Chun's Shop is one of them. Shop owner Mr Ng managed the business well and kept the store that his father passed down up and running, which supports the entire family.

Setting Sail
Ip Sze Sze, Yu Yi Ching
6 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Some say they've seen a retired Holland sailor living in a metal sheet hut at the south of Tai O. Descriptions of him include "average build", "having scars" and "pushes a cart around", which are the clues the director used in search of him.

Tokyo Store
Lam Wai Yin, Ho Kwai Cing
10 min / In Cantonese with Chi & Eng Subtitles

Tokyo store's art collection has always been an attraction of Tai O. Owner Lo Sai Hei creates each piece outside from design, woodwork to coloring, his collection includes Princess Iron-Fan and Bull Demon King, putting his overwhelming creativity on full display.