The title of a latest film produced in Hong Kong has become a heated point of talk. Its official name in English is “Legally Declared Dead” while in Chinese it can be literally translated as “Death Without Suspicion”.
Promotions on the newspapers reveal that the plot is based on a prized Japanese horror novel which sold over a million copies in the country. The story was about forcing the death of a son by his parents for the compensation of a life insurance policy.
Whether there had been any inspiration by the current social movement for freedom and democracy to the film crew in their realisation of the story is unknown, it is certain that the choice of words of the Chinese title by marketers has successfully drawn the attention of many. It echoes with the widely shared doubt and disbelief to the sudden rocketing of the number of non-suspicious body discoveries in the metropolitan over the past 12 months.
Just two days ago, another 10-year-old girl was found dead on the ground in a public housing estate. She was believed to have thrown herself to death and the police found nothing suspicious. Another minor of 13 years of age was discovered dead in the planter of a residency after a big sound of collision horrified inhabitants around. Again, no suspicion.
Of course, we are unable to draw any conclusions in the otherwise without further information. But the ripples triggered by the film’s title, and the discomforted doubt casted by the netizens under the news of the above young deceases, reflects a fact that many in the city are haunted by the jump of the number of unexplained deaths during the protests.