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Film Review: “˜Ten Years’1 min read

21 April 2016 < 1 min read


Film Review: “˜Ten Years’1 min read

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Political assassination. Self-immolation. Cultural annihilation. Children working as secret police. These are just some of the horrors five young helmers envisage for Hong Kong a decade down the line in “Ten Years,” a dystopian omnibus film that provoked the Chinese government’s ire. In the service of each worst-case scenario, the various shorts employ arresting visuals, edgy film language and absorbing storylines to express some citizens’ uncertainty about viability of “One Country, Two Systems” in the former British colony. Bristling with an “if not now, when?” thirst for change, this epic historical document of the city’s political zeitgeist should explode at festivals and online platforms like a Molotov cocktail.

Made on a shoestring budget of around US$65,000, the 2025-set anthology has earned an impressive US$790,000 despite securing scant domestic screening slots. China’s state paper the Global Times branded it “thought virus,” and the government allegedly ordered a media blackout when it was nominated for – and won – best film at the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA). When handing out the award, helmer-thesp and HKFA Chairman Derek Yee quoted Franklin Roosevelt: “Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

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via: Variety

Image Credit: Ten Years

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