Hong Kong inspiring drama The Lyricist Wannabe is set to release in the UK by Trinity CineAsia on 15 March.

★★★★☆ 4/5

The lyricist wannabe, Sze, and her perseverance to align her dream with profession is the core of the film. Director Norris Wong is almost charting her own experience in doing the very same. To this extent, Sze’s journey can almost feel like a caricature. At pivotal points in her life, her initial response it to fuel emotion into lyrics skipping any process of events. Is Sze being selfish or taking the necessary steps to achieve her dreams? Can you achieve your dream by being selfless?

Sze was self-absorbed. Her moment of realisation is synchronised with fulfilment. “You sow what you reap” as the farmers say.

This was an educational experience for me. My exposure to the world of cantopop was through the playlist at my local Chinese restaurant. The concept of Cantonese lyrics being written exclusively to melody makes more sense with the explanation of the various tones and the potential for misconstrued meanings (No wonder HK comedies are so reliant on wordplays!). I’m curious to learn whether the 0243 method is an actual tool used by musicians writing Cantonese lyrics.

On a separate note, there is a frequently featured poster on Sze’s wall for the band “My Little Airport”. I recommend their music as much as I recommend “The Lyricist Wannabe”. To a western audience, the duo make music of a similar brand of shoegaze to bands such as M83 and Beach House.

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