One of the things I love about film is being transported to places I have never seen, been, or even imaged. My latest trip was to Hong Kong while I was at Hollywood Drive-In with Grace, Henry and Alice. We were there to see “The Transformers: Age of Extinction.” All I have say about the movie is that Rotten Tomatoes gave it * , one star. Generous as far as I am concerned! Henry, the ten year old described it saying, ” I am not sure what the story was, but it sure was action packed!”
Part of the filming was in Hong Kong and I saw these apartments which resembled boxes constructed on layers of other boxes as high as the eye can behold!
If I have seen pictures of this before, I didn’t remember. I learn by association and the only place, I remember at all similar is the Bario in Naples , Italy, where I have walked looking up at the buildings rising from the darkness to touch the sky. I had to see more of this urban living and googled it when I got home.
Today, I am sharing what I discovered. First are these shots of the cubicle living. Some of these spaces are for more than one person.
And then when I thought it couldn’t be worse, I found the video below about “cage living!”
Lord have mercy!
Have you seen pictures of this before? Have you been to Hong Kong? Are there other places in the world where you have seen such density of people? I don’t think in India there is such density or at least not organized in this manner.(India has many people living on the streets and large families living together in a small space.) We also saw people living in boxes on the streets of Cairo, years ago. How should the international problem of urban poverty be handled? Any thoughts ?