Stupid Genius

- Making mistakes is our rights, learning from them is our responsibilty.

- "I have no choice" is another way of saying "I've have chosen the easier option"

- Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration - Thomas A Edison

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Friday, August 10, 2007

I was channel surfing this morning when I saw 香江花月夜 showing on channel 62. I thought this is a very nice movie with a feel good plot and nice soundtracks. Strangely, it was never a hit.

The story started with a out-of-favour Hong Kong singer, Johnny in the 70s. At that time, there is no canto pop. Cantonese songs are all operas. Their pop groups sings English songs. Johnny believes in Cantonese pop songs, but shares his views. Until Samuel Hui becomes a best seller when he put Cantonese lyrics in English songs, and canto pop pick up from there.

Johnny now works in 香江夜总会, let's call it XJ night club. When we Singaporeans talk about night club, sleazy sex joints comes to mind. It's actually a pub with a live band and various performers. Something like a indoor 7-month getai on a permanent basis. Something like what Dragonfly of St James Power Station.

Anyway, back to our story, Johnny adopted 2 orphans and trains them to be singers. 高志 is a bright kid with a smooth mouth and is a favorite with the adults. 家颖 is a quiet, steadfast boy. He wears thick plastic black rimmed glasses. He is the nerdy forgettable kind of guy with low self-esteem. They formed a 2-man band called Marbles and performed in XJ, Johnny tried very hard to get them recording contracts.

While growing up, 高志 and 家颖 are good friends with the boss's daughter, 阿怡. She later went overseas for studies, but she came back to take over the running of XJ when her dad died. 家颖 fell in love with her, and is working on writing a song for her. At the same time she is knitting a jacket, seemingly for Johnny. Sometimes, she'll get 家颖 to help her with it. One such time, she took off his glasses and say he look better without them. When he says that everything is blur, she replied, "以后,我就是你迷路的方向". And of course, we'll find out soon after that the sweater is meant for 家颖.

Unfortunately, 家颖 is allergic to wool and he gets very uncomfortable while wearing wool. And when he finds out that 高志 is interested as well, his inferiority complex tells him to give the jacket to 高志. He even gave the song he wrote for her to 高志. The lyrics goes like this





Sure enough, armed with the song, 高志 wins the girl's heart. The 2 of them even got popular with the song. Unfortunately, success has gotten to 高志's head. He's becoming very conceited and becomes a womanizer. Many a times, 家颖 have to help get out of sticky situations when they come looking for him at XJ and 阿怡 is around. Strangely, 阿怡 seems to be aware of this as she say to 高志, "你果然是个会唱,会演,会编,会导,4凄艺人".

And, on one occasion, 阿怡 asked 家颖 to teach her 1 musical instrument so that she play together with 高志. 家颖 told her that 阿志 can't play any instruments anyway. He can only sing. And 阿怡 replies with 2 modified lines of 只爱你.

As 高志 gone from bad to worse, 家颖 decides to break up their partnership. Johnny is sad by 高志's betrayal, and is gratified that 家颖 is still loyal to him. He decides to organize a breaking up concert for them and to train 家颖 up to be a outstanding singer.

In the concert, the last song they sang is 只爱你. Before they they started singing, 家颖 took off his jacket showing the woolen jacket underneath. He said that for a long time, he had not dared to put on this woolen jacket as he is afraid of the pain it might cause him. But when he sees the jacket taken by somebody else, it pained him even more. He decided that he do not wants to be afraid anymore.

During the song, 高志 tried to grab the limelight. However, when they sang to the end of the chorus, 家颖 sang the unfinished part , the bridge. The lyrics is like this:


在我心深处. Wo...只爱你

And the crowd breaks up in applause. The fans are now going crazy of 家颖 when they were going crazy over 高志 a moment ago.

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