If you were to make a historical movie, in what era would you set it?

If you were to make a historical movie, in what era would you set it?

Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner.

The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a pair of annual Gold Passes to Ocean Park.

The contestants

Contestant 1

Nothing better than a historical era! I would set it in the Mesozoic Era, which is when the dinosaurs lived. Imagine how interesting and entertaining it would be to see a historically accurate (to the best of our knowledge) movie starring baby and adult dinosaurs. The movie, which I would simply name The Mesozoic Era, would be about the lives of dinosaurs; their challenges, their secrets, what they enjoy. Mesozoic Era would allow me to be very creative with the storyline as we don’t know much about this period in history. I would make it a comedy animation movie so that people of all ages could enjoy it. My movie would be great for schools, too, as it would be educational but also just a good movie (the films they show us at school can be boring – sorry teachers!). I would name my dinosaurs goofy names such as Twinkletoes and Funkerdoodles, and have a lot of fun designing silly bodies in ridiculous colour schemes. Of course, it will also be a huge success at the box office, meaning I’ll also be rich!

Good luck, Avatar, with your clever CGI effects. Good luck, Star Wars, with your iconic theme song. The Mesozoic Era is about to be the next big thing.


Contestant 2

If I could make a historical movie, I’d choose the 1850s. It would be set in Hong Kong, near Victoria Harbour. The British people would’ve just arrived in the city. The movie would tell the story of two siblings whose lives were changed drastically.

A brother and a sister – Dante and Kent, would be at home in their hut near the harbour. Then they’d discover that their parents had been taken prisoner by the British for leading a resistance rally. They were now as good as orphaned.

The movie would follow their lives as they tried to make a living and survive on their own. It would also show some of the struggles that Hongkongers faced with the arrival of the British, like not being allowed to go to school.

Overall, the movie would be quite sad, but for the ending, I would make the siblings reunite with their parents. Finally, they would adapt to the new life, looking towards the future, knowing that Hong Kong’s history still had a long way to go.


Contestant 3

When it’s a historical movie, it doesn’t really have to be set in a significant period, like world war two, it just needs to have an interesting story. So, based on that, allow me to present my historical movie, Atypical Marie.

Atypical Marie is set in 2003 in Hong Kong during the SARS outbreak. However, what makes this movie unusual is that this time, Marie Antoinette is involved!

Marie, France’s iconic but ill-fated queen who married Louis XVI at 15, falls into a tree hollow (Alice in Wonderland, anyone?) and travels from Austria in 1770 to Hong Kong in 2003.

Petrified, Marie looks around to see crowds of people wearing masks on their faces. She assumes it must be a new trend, so she pulls one of the masks from their faces and tries to put it on herself.

The movie would be a comedy, with Marie struggling to understand why everyone is shouting at her to take the mask off and stay away. A few days later, Marie starts coughing and sneezing. She is diagnosed of SARS, and falls into a coma.

If you want to find out what happens, you’ll need to watch the sequel – Atypical Marie II!

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