Bus Uncle

A grumpy man on a bus has become the latest star on the Internet, thanks to a six-minute viral youtube film.

The video shows the man scolding a fellow bus passenger in Hong Kong for interrupting his phone call and has been viewed nearly 1.7 million times, becoming the second most viewed video on youtube for May. The movie has spawned countless spoofs, and introduced new slang based upon the ranting’s of the old man.

The film starts with the middle-aged protagonist reacting strongly when a young man sitting behind him taps his shoulder to ask him to keep his voice down while talking on the phone.

“I don’t know you. You don’t know me. Why do you do this?” the infuriated man says, punctuating the sentence by jabbing his right hand downward in the air. When the young man, who rarely talks back during the argument, expresses an unwillingness to continue the conversation, the middle-aged man explodes, “This is not resolved! This is not resolved!” – now a catchphrase in Hong Kong.

Just when the dispute seems to have ended after the young man apologises and the two shake hands, the young man takes issue with profanity used by the middle-aged man, who then launches into another round of swearwords.

It is not clear who shot the film or if the film was staged or not. The middle-aged man has not been identified but a man claiming to be the victim of the verbal abuse has been interviewed on Hong Kong’s Commercial Radio.

Bus Uncle on youtube.com