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Ten Years: Asian Political Cinema, University of Hong Kong, January 2019

The film TEN YEARS HONG KONG (2015) is considered the most important example of post hand-over political cinema, charting the anxieties of a whole generation of Hong Kong residents. In 2018, three further politically topical films were made in Asia, to the same model: TEN YEARS THAILAND, TEN YEARS TAIWAN, and TEN YEARS JAPAN, involving young independent filmmakers but also more established auteurs such as Hirokazu Kore-eda who co-produced the Japanese film, or Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Aditya Assarat, who contributed to the Thai one. The model for these politically thopical omnibus films is likely to be spread even furtehr afield. We felt it was important to hold a workshop and discuss the trend of political filmmaking in East Asia through the prism of the TEN YEARS project.

Held at the University of Hong Kong’s Run Run Shaw Tower, the event was organised jointly with our partners, The Centre for the Study of Globalization and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong. It brought together producer Andrew Choi (Ten Years Studios HK) and distributor Felix Tsang (Golden Scene), who are behind the whole series of films. Other discussants included Prof. Gina Marchetti (University of Hong Kong), Prof Laikwan Pang (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Dr Elena Pollacchi (Ca’ Foscari University, Italy), Dr Vivian Lee, Dr Timmy Chen, and Dr KC Lo (Baptist University of Hong Kong), and film critic Clarence Tsui.

Technical assistance related to the workshop was provided by Louis Lu, Christine Viscera, and Leila Lee.

Material generated through the workshop was published as part of the Dossier TEN YEARS ASIA in FRAMES CINEMA JOURNAL Issue 15.

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