Chow On-wa, Liu Ka-lok (Hong Kong)
Col/B&W / 9’ 19”/ In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Meng Po prepares Meng Po Soup for the customers of the Chinese herbal tea shop. She uses her sad tears to remove the bitterness of the soup. Later on, she learns how to put her feelings aside and welcomes new customers. Mother is one of Meng Po’s customers. She blames herself for the death of her son and can’t let go.
In the story, Meng Po and Mother view life and death very differently. We should learn from Meng Po and hold a natural attitude towards life and death. Each person is just a passerby of the life of another one. When we meet, we should treasure the moment. When we depart, we should let go so that we can have a new start.