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‘Dr Strange’ in Hong Kong and the time loop of fights

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The antique building in Hong Kong and its adapted image in ‘Doctor Strange’

The 2016 movie ‘Doctor Strange’ recorded a worldwide box office gross of US$677.6 million to which mainland China and Hong Kong contributed $109 mn and $8 mn respectively (Mojo data).

In this story, the Ancient One’s group runs three Sanctums to guard the Earth against the Dark Dimension. Aside from New York and London, the third one is Hong Kong.

Peoples of different backgrounds can give hundreds of reasons to guess why the movie producer picks Hong Kong as the only one in Asia.

Here, we focus on one probable reason, namely, it is a Chinese city where the East meets the West harmoniously, and strangely such a harmonious peace triumphs over fight.

Here in a café you can see Chinese patrons enjoying lamp kebah and mango lassi side by side with Iraqis, Pakistanis and Europeans. While a beautiful blond in mini skirt in the street may catch your attention, you may miss the fact that she is actually chatting with a lady in hijab.

When watching news report on TV, you may see a young female Indian reporter describing an incident in fluent Cantonese on a local channel and a Filipino in fluent English with American ascent on an English channel. One of the two electricity suppliers in Hong Kong is owned by a Jewish family which has been enjoying century-long peace and prosperity here. No resident here has to be worried about ethnic attack or religious antagonism.

The (Han) Chinese civilization is strangely atheist. This people open their arms to embrace all types of superstitions, religions and civilizations from abroad, whenever they wish so. Strangely, they all co-exist harmoniously. It is perhaps what Doctor Strange (or the screenplay writer) can learn from the mirror side of Hong Kong that ‘violence begets violence’ and through which he creates an infinite time loop inside the Dark Dimension to trap himself and Dormammu for endlessly meaningless fights. Doctor Strange wisely tells us all that there is only one way out of fights, namely, making compromise.

The Chinese President, Mr Xi Jinping, is apparently working hard to act as the peacemaker for the Korean Peninsula right now. The politicians of all sides should better watch the film so as to realize that should violence kicks off, all parties would suffer and get trapped in a foolish loop of fights.

Tony Simon

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