There’s quite a lot to love about Emily Ting’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, a film that celebrates the sights and sounds of our city. It tells the story of Josh (Bryan Greenberg) and Ruby (Jamie Chung), who meet randomly one evening and end up spending the night wandering around Hong Kong getting to know each other.
Similar to Lost In Translation, Ting allocates a generous amount of screen time to the city’s vibrancy, filming beautiful time lapses of the skyline, featuring the Star Ferry, fortune tellers in Temple Street and tailor shops in factory buildings.
Overlying the hustle and bustle, twinkling lights are artfully framed to create a dreamy, romantic atmosphere. As buskers play music beneath bright neon signs, we also glimpse a homeless person sitting neglected on a busy street.
Greenberg and Chung deliver charming performances as expats who are well-off but don’t feel fully satisfied with life. As Josh and Ruby discuss technology, stereotypes and their own lives, their conversations flit too quickly from one topic to another to offer much depth.
The subtle chemistry that develops between them is endearing, but it fails to develop into something deeper, and we’re never invested enough to ache for them to be together.