Screening Ended: 48 hours only: Echoes of the Rainbow 歲月神偷 (2010)

  • Drama
  • 2h 0m

This screening is no longer available.

Part of a curated section, “Hong Kong, Reimagined”.

Don’t miss the exclusive Q&A event with director Alex Law on May 2 at 12:00 BST.


Hong Kong in the striving 1960s, as seen through the innocence of childhood.Nosy, naughty and always running into trouble, a boy “Bit Ears” observes with wit and humour the ever changing society of Hong Kong under British colonial rule.

“Bit Ears”’s family - a working class father, a happy-go-lucky mother, an aspiring, starry-eyed elder brother, and our young protagonist himself, successively go through love, hope, failure, death and rebirth as we travel back to a place called old Hong Kong, a time we’ll always remember, and a place we have always called home.

Festivals & Awards

29th Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Won: Best Screenplay (Alex Law)
  • Won: Best Actor (Simon Yam)
  • Nominated: Best Actress (Sandra Ng)
  • Won: Best New Performer (Aarif Lee)
  • Nominated: Best New Performer (Chung Shiu To)
  • Won: Best Original Film Song (Lowell Lo, Alex Law and Aarif Lee)

60th Berlin International Film Festival

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the Children’s Jury “Generation Kplus”

Curator’s Dialectic

“Similar to The HongKongers, Echoes of The Rainbow reminds us the important contribution made by the older generation immigrants to Hong Kong. What problems did they overcome? Building a life is not an easy journey, neither is building a home. But where is home? What is the best way for us to treasure this precious home of ours? History is an invaluable lesson for the future.

Finally, did you spot Ann Hui in the film?”


  • Asia Scotland Institute and its support for promotion.

About Alex Law

Alex Law Kai-Yui is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter and producer. Law was educated at the Diocesan Boys’ School, Hong Kong, matriculating in 1971. Law collaborated with Mabel Cheung on many of her most famous films, including the “Migration Trilogy”: Illegal Immigrant (1985), An Autumn’s Tale (1987) and Eight Taels of Gold (1989). He wrote the screenplay for Cheung’s The Soong Sisters (1997).


Alex Law


Mable Cheung


Alex Law


Cantonese, English, English subtitles


Hong Kong SAR, China


Mei Ah Entertainment

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