Controversial dystopian Hong Kong movie wins ‘Best Film’ award
A controversial movie about the future of Hong Kong won the top prize at the city’s film awards after being a local box office hit but antagonising Beijing over its portrayal of the semi-autonomous territory in 2025.
‘Ten Years’ scooped the Best Film prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards, following a short cinema release that was widely believed to have been curtailed for political reasons.
The film is made up of a series of five vignettes that tap residents’ worst fears for the future of the southern Chinese city as Beijing’s grip tightens.
The film had only a short general release, while some cinemas refused to screen it altogether, and it raised heckles on the mainland with China’s state-run Global Times newspaper describing it as “totally absurd” and a “virus of the mind”.
“The meaning of this prize is that it shows Hong Kong still has hope. It reminds us that we could have courage to be creative. I would like to thank everyone who has watched it,” said the film’s producer Andrew Choi after the awards ceremony. Read More