- It is the summer of 1997, 27-year old Miu starts working as a fishmonger at Fortune Market to pay the heavy debts of her philandering father. She sets a 3-year plan for herself: before she turns 30, she shall clear her father's debts, leave the wet market, find a man worthy of her and break the spell of her bad karma.
No sooner has she set foot on the Markey than she finds herself at loggerheads with Mr Fish in neighboring stall. A fierce battle of survival is unleashed, only to turn into a mutual entente when the existence of Fortune Market is jeopardized by the aggressive emergence of supermarket mega-stores. In the end, they fail to save the market. But their camaraderie has blossomed into deeper feelings her each other, an unanticipated development Miu is not ready to embrace.
When her father suddenly dies of a heart attack and the government's plans to demolish Fortune Market, Miu decides to leave the market for good. Convinced that a new face will set her free from her "smelly" past, she enrolls in a make-up course funded by the government. As she embarks on her new life as a make-up artist, the world indeed becomes, bigger, brighter and 'cleaner'.
Time flies, it's the fall of 2005. After years of staying overseas, Uncle Chicken and Auntie Veggie finally returned to Hong Kong - to their beloved Fortune Market. Unfortunately, Uncle Chicken is very sick as age catches up on him. To protect him from disappointment, Mr Fish, Miu and Porky decide to gather all their former venders and mongers of Fortune Market to reinstate its glory!
After years of shunning Fortune Market and love itself, Miu finally comes to an epiphany: criteria, identities and deadlines have no significance ultimately, what truly matters is finding this special someone whom you love and treasure.
Law Wing Cheong
Wong You Nam