The journey of Hong Kong, the stories of its people and the space for re-imagination.
In the past few years, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has appeared frequently in the British news. Despite its unique history with the UK, most British people’s knowledge of Hong Kong is fragmentary.
This curated programme will reintroduce Hong Kong to you. “Hong Kong” was never a fixed identity but a constant negotiation between different belongings. The relation between old and new immigrants (Chinese and non-Chinese) to Hong Kong has been a common subject in films. Such mobility also contributed to some extraordinary creativity. Hong Kong cinema is not always about Hong Kong. The region’s uniqueness has also inspired filmmakers to travel, to rediscover how Hong Kong has in fact been a crucial hub for connecting Chinese culture with the world.
In here, you will see Hong Kong in in different historical periods, from the 1930s (Golden Gate Girls), to the 40s (Ip Man 1 & 2), to the 60s (Havana Divas, Echoes of the Rainbow), to the 80s (My Heart is that Eternal Rose), and to the most recent debate about identity post-1997 (Keep Rolling, Shock Wave 1&2). This programme was launched with 4 student films by new talents from the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University. Other films including 2 UK premieres will be released gradually throughout April and May.
April 6 - May 12: New Voices from Hong Kong Students (4 Shorts from Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University) UK PREMIERE
April 20 - May 12: Golden Gate Girls (2013) UK & IRELAND ONLINE PREMIERE
April 20 - May 12: Havana Divas (2018) UK & IRELAND ONLINE PREMIERE
April 24 - 25: My Heart is That Eternal Rose (1989) UK & IRELAND ONLINE PREMIERE
April 27 - May 12: Keep Rolling (2020) UK & IRELAND PREMIERE
April 30 - May 12: Ip Man (2008)
April 30 - May 12: Ip Man 2 (2010)
May 1 - May 2: Echoes of the Rainbow (2010)
May 1 - May 12: Shock Wave (2017)
May 7 - May 12: Shock Wave 2 (2020) UK & IRELAND PREMIERE
Finally, we hope all these films will inspire a new imagination to the region’s current and future affairs.
Without the following people’s support, this programme would not have been possible (in alphabetical order).
“Hong Kong, Reimagined” is curated by UK-China Film Collab, with support from the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.