Hong Kong Filmmakers Eye China’s Larger Audiences
It’s time to exhale and pop that champagne cork as the Hong Kong film industry proclaims 2010 a good year for films.
The performance of local productions has indicated the start of a resurgence in Hong Kong cinema amid the larger and irrevocable trend of China-Hong Kong co-productions.
Audiences also have shown support for smaller, low-budget local productions that aimed at the domestic market, including director Barbara Wong’s surprise hit The Break Up Club and Pang Ho-cheung’s romance for smokers Love in a Puff, earning HK$10.3 million and HK$6.4 million, respectively.
Certainly, the government-subsidized Hong Kong Film Development Fund has been a reliable backer for local filmmakers interested in alternative storytelling; it has invested HK$43 million in 14 domestic productions since its 2007 launch.