Why I haven’t seen a Hong Kong film.

The reason I haven’t seen a Hong Kong film in the last month or forever is because they suck!!!

Michael Jordan crying at his basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2009

All jokes aside, it is because they are irrelevant to me. Aside from the Stephen Chow or Jackie Chan movies shown to us in school. I don’t know about the Hong Kong film scene enough. Hong Kongers mainly watch movies or TV shows from the US anyways. If you have seen billboards, commercials or posters in Hong Kong, most of the time it is an American movie. No one is talking about Hong Kong movies in their social circles or social media unless they are avid fans of them.

From what I know so far, Hong Kong was well-known for its movies in the past. They don’t get the same amount of attention anymore from people outside of Hong Kong, let alone the locals. It could be from the change of focus from the movie industry to real estate in Hong Kong. The city is known for being an international commerce hub, so can see less emphasis put on things other than business. Sports and the arts get less focus in Hong Kong now. It isn’t where people can earn the most money, resulting in people pulling away from it.

The Hong Kong skyline at night

Ultimately resulting in a snowball effect for Hong Kong cinema: Less focus on movies = less quality = low viewing pleasure = people stop watching. The locals watch foreign films and TV shows nowadays. They are more trendy and polished compared to their Hong Kong counterparts.

Hong Kong has a diminishing cultural presence. It can cling on to its golden age of cinema, but its grip on the ledge seems to be slipping. Hong Kong in the eyes of foreigners is still a finance hub when in the past people could refer to Hong Kong’s iconic actors and actresses like Chow Yun fat, Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-wai and Andy Lau.

Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung

If people want to revive the movie industry in Hong Kong, cooperation and collaboration is a must from different media and entertainment sectors. Hong Kong needs to support its entertainment scene in general, to bring out fresh faces and get on with the current times instead of clinging on to the past.

Hong Kong has a culture and identity unique to its own. It has untapped potential to differentiate itself from others. Hong Kong’s socio-political issues, usage of Cantonese, and even paying homage to former work in the different genres (romance/racy/action/comedy). I refuse to believe that Hong Kongers have lost their culture and spirit to create beautiful forms of art and leave their mark on the world.

statue of cameraman and director in Avenue of Stars

Reference:

Benh, L.S. (2019). Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline at night. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tallest_buildings_in_Hong_Kong#/media/File:Hong_Kong_Harbour_Night_2019-06-11.jpg.

Savoia, S. (2009). Michael Jordan crying at his basketball induction ceremony in 2009. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crying_Jordan#/media/File:Michael_Jordan_crying.jpg.

Time Out Hong Kong. (n.d.). The 100 best Hong Kong movies. [online] Available at: https://www.timeout.com/hong-kong/film/best-hong-kong-movies.

http://www.okay.com. (n.d.). Top 5 Hollywood Movies Set in Hong Kong – OKAY.com. [online] Available at: https://www.okay.com/en/property-news/top-5-hollywood-movies-set-in-hong-kong/361 [Accessed 9 Oct. 2020].

Yu, H. (2020). The Most Iconic Hong Kong Actors And Actresses—And All The Classic Local Movies You Should Know About. [online] Tatler Hong Kong. Available at: https://hk.asiatatler.com/life/best-hong-kong-actors-actresses-classic-movies [Accessed 9 Oct. 2020].

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