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A documentary that illustrates the evolving mentor-protégé relationship in Cantonese Opera. 22-year-old Kwok Kai-fai dropped out of university in the UK and returned to Hong Kong to learn Cantonese Opera. He became the apprentice of a well-known master in the Cantonese Opera circle. With the effort of his master, Kwok is on the rise to becoming a Cantonese Opera star.
Production Period: Nov 2015 - Jan 2016
Length: 3.30 minutes
Broadcast Date: 11th July 2016
Channel:《埋嚟睇埋嚟拍》(TV Documentary Series), RTHK Channel 31
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In the traditional theatrical society, newcomers enter the industry through an apprenticeship system. An experienced master selects their protégé, who they will train and mentor, both in opera skills and in life. Students do not need to pay for their education, but in return the master asks for their loyalty and commitment. The relationship between the master and his protégé is one that lasts for a lifetime. Opera performers believe that life education is more important than the tedious and repetitive skill practices.
Over the century, this apprenticeship system has slowly evolved. Students can now enrol into opera schools to attend vocal and acting lessons. The method of teaching is more systematic and well-organised. But in a class of 20-30, students are likely to lose the opportunity to develop any meaningful relationship with their teachers.