Mr. Coconut | Chicago Reader

Mr. Coconut

A cheerful coconut picker (producer and cowriter Michael Hui) who lives on an island that belongs to mainland China comes to Hong Kong to live with his sister, who occupies a small flat with her husband and children. The cultural clash is catastrophic: the coconut picker's smoking, eating habits, and overall yahoo behavior drive everyone, especially the brother-in-law, up the wall. But the focus of Hui's satire is the corrupt city slicker as well as the innocent country bumpkin, and a lot of interesting points are made about the difference between mainland and Hong Kong values. Though directed by Clifton Ko, this film is full of Hui's stylistic quirks—such as sentimentality, food jokes, and dream sequences. It isn't quite as funny as Hui's best work, but it's full of reverberations (1989).

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