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2018/6/1 — 15:41

《中英街 1 號》劇照

《中英街 1 號》劇照

Reincarnation of Chung Ying Street (English summary below)

港產片《中英街 1 號》,趙崇基導演,比較六七暴動與 2019 年本土抗爭,講三位後生男女主角在沙頭角中英街參加/涉及六七暴動,然後三位演員彷如輪迴再世,飾演另外三位青年,參加一九年抗爭,保衛中英街田園,反對起中港城(類似菜園村;影射魚蛋革命)。六七暴動與當代本土抗爭差異在於:六七暴動青年多被上一代洗腦煽動;而當代本土抗爭參加者多為熱愛本土,反抗中方殖民,而自發上街。

永權係片中貫穿六七暴動與當代抗爭之人物,以同一身份參加兩場抗爭。其強調六七暴動主因乃係有班土共想揚名立萬,煽動無知青年,將文革搬來香港,害人害物!同時,永權,正如趙導演,持平指出當年香港社會確有貪污剝削問題,六七暴動後,港英吸取教訓,令香港成為文明之都。六七暴動、一九抗爭相同處為社會都有不公問題,與事者多以殖民地法例非法集結罪入獄。永權當代金句為:「如果好愛一地,就會不惜一切,保護該地!」而一九年游學修入獄後,歸結其抗爭經驗為「行動」二字。對今日社會,不無啟示。

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導演趙崇基話歷史會押韻,愛爾蘭大詩人葉慈認為歷史文化乃係循環過程,好比迴旋體迅速環繞軸心旋轉,自轉時圓周擴寬,最終瓦解。然後另一歷史文化由軸心重新開始擴張。前後歷史文化迴旋體互成兩個尖錐體對插。歷史重複,唯次次皆有所不同。

六七暴動與當代本土抗爭差異在於六七暴動青年多被父母上一代、左派學校工會洗腦煽動(正如導演向筆者指出),而當代本土抗爭青年多為熱愛香港而自發上街。

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例如六七暴動男主角游學修,不斷好似念經般高頌毛語錄。游學修情敵小野亦曾質疑其盲動:如果中國咁好,香港咁衰,何解咁多人走難落來?游無法答,足見其盲點。

當代本土抗爭青年則正如導演向筆者指出,多為本土利益,反對中國殖民,主張命運自決,往往受到父母反對阻撓,例如游學修因參加勇武抗爭,被差人追捕,潛逃一年再回家,即被其父痛打一餐。

六七暴動,正如電影用黑底白字打出,歷時七個月,死 52 人,傷約八百人,一六年初一所謂旺角暴動,歷時幾個鐘,無人死亡,傷約百人,直情蚊髀與牛髀。

永權係片中貫穿六七暴動與當代抗爭人物。六七時其由大陸偷渡落來,得游學修收留,但見游家中有毛主席像,不禁嘆道: 千辛萬苦走落來就係唔想見到毛主席幅相,點知原來香港都有毛主席像,都要鬥爭!

永權後來定居中英街耕田種菜,一九年香港政府要在該處起中港城,炒地皮,起豪宅畀大陸人住。永權雖白髮蒼蒼,仍奮起抗爭,保衛家園,一手按石油氣罐,一手揸打火機,與前來拆毀其家園的地產商打手及差人對峙,實行以死相搏,壯懷激烈。

另一曾參與六七暴動的志忠伯係地主,既得利益者,常鬧本土抗爭青年攪亂香港抵死,主張起六七真相和解紀念碑。永權怒斥志忠:真相你識條毛!當年真相係周恩來都話對香港要長期打算,充份利用。但香港有班土共想揚名立萬,於是煽動無知青年將文革搬來香港,害人害物!永權雖來自大陸,但早已成為完全的香港人,身土不二。其道:如果真正熱愛一個地方,就會不惜付出一切,保護該地!

不過,永權,正如趙導演,無全盤否定六七暴動,反而指出當年香港社會確有警察貪污,勞工法例不足的問題,引起學生工人不滿。六七暴動後,港英吸取教訓,成立廉署肅貪倡廉,大起公屋,加強勞工保障福利,實施九年免費教育,令香港成為文明之都。

趙導演持平處理六七暴動,從多角度展示。例如片中差人胡亂毆人,甚至開槍射死手無寸鐵的游學修。同時,電臺廣播左派暴徒隨街放炸彈,炸死幾歲大無辜姊弟,夾生燒死電臺職員林彬。

六七暴動與當代抗爭相同之處在於兩個時代的香港社會,正如上述,都有不公現象。六七有貪汙剝削,當代正如片中標語,有官商鄉黑勾結,境外勢力殖民。

兩班抗爭青年都好多以非法集結/暴動罪而入獄。按:非法集結/暴動罪其實係港英政府用來對付土共的殖民地法例;近年港共竟用來對付本地異見人士。

一九年游學修在獄中見其女友廖子妤時,歸結其抗爭經驗為行動二字,令人不期然想起孫中山遺言:革命尚未成功,同志仍需努力!

Chapman Chen: Reincarnation of Chung Ying Street 

Hong Kong movie, Chung Ying Street No.1, directed by Derek Chiu, compares the 1967 HK Riots with a HK localist resistance set in 2019. Three young people join the 1967 riots in Chung Ying St., on the border between HK and China. And then, as if by reincarnation, the same artists play another three young people joining a 2019 localist movement, and defending agricultural fields in the area against a land development merging between HK and China, which reminds people of the 2010 defense of Tsoi Yuen Village against the building of a redundant express rail link between HK and China, and the 2014 Umbrella and 2016 Fishball Revolutions. 

The major difference between the 1967 Riots and 2019 resistance is that the participants of the former are mostly ignorant youngsters brainwashed and incited by HK communists, whilst participants of the latter mostly act out of love for HK and repulsion for China's colonization of HK. For example, in 1967, the HK Maoist played by Yau Hok-sau is asked by his love rival Siu-ye, "If China is really so good, and HK so bad, why are there so many people escaping from China to HK?" and Yau cannot answer.

Wing-kuen is a character that has taken part in both movements. He stresses that the 1967 rioting took place because a group of HK communists, for the sake of winning fame and power, wanted to duplicate in HK the China Cultural Revolution, thereby causing serious damages to HK. Nonetheless, he fairly points out that in those years, there were really social problems like rampant police corruption and exploitation of labor, that after 1967, the British HK Government learnt from the lesson and rebuilt HK into a civilized and magnificent metropolitan city. In defense of his field on Chung Ying St. in 2019, Wing-yuen presses one hand on a gas tank and hold a lighter with another hand, saying, "If you really love a place, you will be willing to protect it at any cost!" And when the reincarnated Yau Hok-sau goes to jail in the same year, he summarizes his resistance experience in the phrase, "action".

A statistical difference between the 1967 and the contemporary localist movement, as once written on the screen in the movie, is that 51 people (including two innocent children and one anti-communist radio host) were killed and more than 800 people injured in the 7 month-long 1967 Riots, while no one was killed and only 100 people were slightly injured in the several-hour-long Fishball Revolution. Many of the arrested protestors involved in the latter, however, have been given a prison sentence longer than those involved in the former, by way of the same colonial charges -- illegal assembly/rioting -- originally designed to deal with truly atrocious communists in HK.

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