巴士阿叔, or Bus Uncle, has become the latest internet-video hit, according to ESWN, the HK Cable TV channel, the HK paper Apple Daily and 1.9 million Youtube viewers!
The video clip takes place on the 2nd floor of a public bus in Hong Kong.
The story involves a teenage boy who tells the man in front of him to speak more quietly into his cell phone. The provoked man, Bus Uncle himself, launches into a tirade about how he does not wish to be disturbed, how he’s under pressure and how he wishes to resolve the argument by a shake of hands. The teen tries to defend himself, albeit somewhat dispiritedly, but what could he have replied to Bus Uncle’s rant involving his “thing” and his mom.
The video has spawned multiple remixes, including karaoke and dance remixes, as well as a Cafepress store.
The Youtube video contains a standard pool of “wow”, “weird” and that token conversation about the superiority of the United States (with both sides firing hard).
The video is in Cantonese, and the situation is very specific to Hong Kong: does that mean there is an elite/active Cantonese internet community of 1+ million around the world?
Additionally, the cameraman behind the video, Ah Jon, claims he has another 160 clips on his camera-phone. He’s currently courting bidders for these Reality TV style clips. Will video voyeurism become a new fad in Hong Kong?