H.K.’s Filmart gets Beijing accent
The 15 years of Hong Kong Filmart have been a busy and transformative decade and a half in the territory, a period during which Cantonese movies developed a pronounced Mandarin accent, reflecting deepening cross-border relations with mainland China.
Co-production is always a big theme at this key event at the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival, especially co-productions with the booming Chinese mainland.
“In the early days, co-production meant working with China to get a mainland release. But now the emergence of the China market has changed that frame of mind.
The emergence of the China market has been a godsend, as we watched Hong Kong’s market share in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and other regional markets diminish. In the past two to three years, co-productions have gradually evolved into co-productions in a real sense,” says Albert Lee, chief executive of Emperor Motion Pictures.