ChannelM, please get with the times

My mother woke me up with a phone call at 8:30 a.m. this morning to tell me that the lead actress in a Chinese movie – to be broadcast tomorrow evening on Toronto’s multicultural channel, CFMT/OMNI – has the same name as I have!!* I was pretty sure she had heard Mok Manwai while mine is Lock Manwai (rhymes, if you can’t tell).

Still, I had to go check by digging up the CFMT/OMNI Chinese Movie Listings and weep a little because the Toronto movies – albeit only once a week – are better than the ones that Channel M Chinese Cinema airs on the weekends. ChannelM has two Chinese Cinema nights and seems to have only 12 hazy films of questionable entertainment value while in Toronto, they are pumping out last year’s high-gloss releases.

Hong Kong is an ever-changing fast-paced city where an inordinate amount of emphasis is placed on appearance and novelty – to repeatedly show the old films of poor cinematic quality and confined the themes to gangs or incomprehensibly goofball comedy seems, to me, a huge disservice to the Chinese community.

* Oh, wait, she actually called originally to tell me that she hadn’t forwarded some slip for my income taxes; fortunately it is inconsequential… I hope.

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