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A dark comedy reflecting truth of happening in Hong Kong in every single second. Liars, traps, the craziness of Hkese living in this twisted society. (Source: imdb) Edit Translation

  • English
  • Português (Brasil)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • dansk
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Mar 8, 2018 - Apr 18, 2018
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 49 users)
  • Ranked: #83584
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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Completed
The Butterfly
6 people found this review helpful
Jan 28, 2024
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 2
Overall 7.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 7.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 2.0

Bleak look at dating and love in Hong Kong

Everyone in Hong Kong West Side Stories was looking for love or to get an itch scratched and they didn’t care if they had to lie, cheat, or kill to make it happen. Six vignettes over 12 short episodes focused on different characters though there was some overlapping. These stories were from a decidedly male point of view filtered through the Black Mirror.

The first 3 episodes featured two unlikeable men. Both received exactly what they deserved. Episode 4 was my favorite and even though it took a rather bleak, monetary look at dating, at least the couple was engaging. Episode 5 was about perception and sex in a public place. Warning--this drama has several scenes with people having sex or talking about it graphically. Episodes 6 and 7 caught me by surprise, falling under “be careful what you wish for.” Episode 8 focused on scams and a young man who was willing to work(out) for the possibility of love. 9 had a trippy twist to it. A virgin in episode 10 misconstrued messages and missent one as well. 11 and 12 gave new meaning to sibling rivalry with utterly vile behavior.

Women tended to be shown in a mercenary light or as bright as a 10-watt bulb. There were a couple of intelligent women but they were anomalies. There weren’t many episodes where a woman’s role extended beyond being in a man’s sexual crosshairs. The men couldn’t understand why they were alone or the good women didn’t want them. Um, cheating, lying, being obsessed with porn, strange or obsessive behavior or not being able to look a woman in her eyes because their gaze traveled further down. There was a “comedic” twist in one vignette that crossed the line where a woman’s consent is concerned. Despite being well made, too often instead of hoping for a happy ending for these characters I was completely revolted by them. Nearly everyone was screwing, being screwed over or screwing someone else over.

Many of the characters faced the problems of not making enough money to either pay rent or buy an apartment, much less a car. They often worked long hours with little reward. Lonely and desperate they sought out companionship in one form or another whether it was looking for love or looking to score. Friendships were as rare as healthy romantic relationships.

Hong Kong West Side Stories offered a few intriguing stories with disquieting twists. If you are in need of a feel good drama, this is not it. I found the majority of stories to be dark and depressing with people constantly self-sabotaging themselves. Though described as a dark comedy there wasn’t much to laugh about.

28 January 2024

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Completed
Carli Sophie
4 people found this review helpful
Apr 13, 2020
12 of 12 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.5
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 5.0
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The short stories are really entertaining and have different themes. These are always controversial and have a bitter taste or ending. The actors are mixed with famous celebrities from Malaysia or the US as well and not well known in western countries. But I liked all of them.

My favorite moments were the breaking of the forth wall and self-talks.

I can recommend the drama for fans of heavy content or OCN watchers. It’s something new and please don’t expect to like the main leads. Their behavior isn’t very nice...

My favorite storyline was with the actor Ka Ki Shem. He was so cute as Lucas aka part-time boyfriend.

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  • Drama: Hong Kong West Side Stories
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Mar 8, 2018 - Apr 18, 2018
  • Duration: 30 min.
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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  • Score: 7.5 (scored by 49 users)
  • Ranked: #83584
  • Popularity: #99999
  • Watchers: 118

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