In a change of pace, veteran Chinese heavy Anthony Wong (Exiled, the Infernal Affairs trilogy) stars as a taciturn movie projectionist living through four chaotic decades in Hong Kong. An ardent populist, he dreams of traveling to Beijing to experience Maoism firsthand and, too free with his money and labor, gives to others before attending to his wife and son. The boy grows up to become a feckless entrepreneur (Ronald Cheng, channeling Buster Keaton) whose frequent business failures derail his courtship of a former neighbor (Karen Mok). Director Samson Chiu wanted to commemorate the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to mainland China, but the most intriguing subtext of this erratic 2007 drama is that years of Communist regimentation may have left the Chinese unprepared for the downturns in a global free-market economy. In Cantonese and Mandarin with subtitles. 111 min.