In the movie “B for Busy,” you can find a grocery store specializing in discounted food nearing its expiry date and neighbors sharing unique recipes for hongshaorou (braised pork belly).
Recently, I watched a critically acclaimed romantic movie titled “B for Busy,” which, in Shanghai dialect, features a middle-aged man and several women in their exploration of love from perspectives seen as distinctively Shanghainese.
Part of the 1990s generation, I am probably still too young to enter fully into their mindset. Still, I am attracted by the chic lifestyle and scenes of everyday life in Shanghai.
You find a grocery store specializing in discounted food nearing its expiry date and neighbors sharing unique recipes for hongshaorou (braised pork belly). Mr Wu has all the accoutrements of a laokele (old-school trendy Shanghainese men), and will ride his stylish hand-made bicycle to go get a glass of whiskey. Even the cobbler sticks to his coffee time and is always ready to dispense some time-honored aphorisms about life.
As a Shanghai native, I resonate with all these fancy things so realistically portrayed in the movie.
Upon introspection, I could easily conclude that many people around me are similarly pursuing a high-quality life regardless of their real situation. For example, my aunt, now in her 60s, is a regular patron of “lunchtime concert,” a charity project sponsored by the Shanghai Concert Hall since 2012. She revealed to me once that she didn’t get many opportunities to appreciate classical music, and this project, by providing music to ordinary people at affordable prices, also brings local charitably-minded music aficionados together.