Cageman is a focused social critique of a uniquely Hong Kong phenomenon: in this city with the world’s most unequal wealth and income gap, many unfortunate middle-aged men can’t afford the most basic lodging, and live in low-rent cages inside squalid tenements. Cageman is a microcosm of Hong Kong, where most citizens must live squeezed into incredibly dense neighbourhoods, prey to monopolistic ‘tycoons’ – the (Chinese government-supporting) land-owning billionaire class – while nevertheless enjoying a way of life that, despite its frictions, forges a uniquely communal, indomitable ‘spirit of Lion Rock’.
Director: Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung. AKA Cageman / 籠民
Writers: Yank Wong Yan-Kwai, Chin Yiu-Hang, Ng Chong-Chow, Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung.
Stars: Michael Lee Ming-Yeung, Roy Chiao Hung, Ku Feng, Liu Kai-Chi, Wu Fung, Teddy Robin Kwan, Victor Wong Chi-Keung, Lau Shun, Wong Ka-Kui, Tats Lau Yi-Tat, Dennis Chan Kwok-San, Joe Junior, Chow Chung.
Really enjoyed this. Also the first time I’ve seen a movie with actual cantonese subtitles, pretty cool