New Political Cinema, Asia, and Beyond: TEN YEARS multimedia dossier in FRAMES

The multimedia dossier New Political Cinema, Asia, and Beyond: TEN YEARS was published in FRAMES CINEMA JOURNAL, Issue 15, May 2019.

It contains the following articles:

Introduction by Prof Gina Marchetti (HKU) and Prof Dina Iordanova (St Andrews)

Video Interview with the producers of the TEN YEARS series: conducted, recorded, edited and subtitled by Dr. Leiya Lee (HKU). 45 min long, January 2019. Featurng:

      • Ka-leung Ng is the director of the “Local Egg” segment and Ten Years (2015), and the producer of Ten Years (2015)
      • Andrew Choi: producer of Ten Years (2015) and Ten Years International Project
      • Felix Tsang from Golden Scene is the international distributor of Ten Years and of Ten Years International Project and the producer of Ten Years International Project
      • Lorraine Ma is the producer of Ten Years International Project

Video Essay: Film critic Clarence Tsui on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Producer Andrew Choi on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Prof. Kwai-Cheung Lo (HKBU) on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Dr. Vivian Lee (CUHK) on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Distributor Felix Tsang (Golden Scene) on TEN YEARS

Video Essay: Prof. Laikwan Pang (CUHK) on TEN YEARS

Essay: Quietly Critical; TEN YEARS JAPAN by Dr. Jennifer Coates (UEA, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)

Essay: A Future Without China: Livelihood Issues in TEN YEARS TAIWAN by Dr Timmy Chih-Ting Chen (BUHK)

Essay: TEN YEARS: An Unexpected Watershed of Twenty-first-century Hong Kong Film Industry by Dr. Ruby Cheung (U of Southampton)

Essay: TEN YEARS THAILAND: The Future Becoming, by Anchalee Chaiworaporn (independent critic, Thailand)

TEN YEARS: Bibliography and FIlmography, by Yu Lu (HKU).


The publication is a joint collaborative project of the IGCCC at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for the Study of Globalization and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong. It was developed out of the workshop dedicated to the TEN YEARS: ASIAN POLITICAL CINEMA project, whcih was held at the University of Hong Kong on 8 January 2019.


Mrinal Sen @ St Andrews, 2019

Mrinal Sen, whose death “marks the end of Golden Age of Indian cinema’s stalwart filmmakers” (Hindustan Times), was commemorated in this workshop which took place on 20 May 2019.

The great Indian Bengali director died in Kolkata on 30 December 2018 at the age of 95, leaving a legacy of award-winning realist leftist films, which had won awards at all major international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlinale and Venice. Mrinal Sen, Satayajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak pioneered the New Wave cinema in India. His obituary in The Guardian spoke of Sen as ‘one of Indian cinema’s most probing recorders of the country’s social fabric’.

The event featured several contributions about the work of the director and its social context, followed by a film screening and a discussion. Sanghita Sen spoke on curating Mrinal Sen’s work for various programming situations. Shruti Narayanswami discussed Sen’s early film Neel Akasher Neechey (1958), which tells the story of an immigrant Chinese worker in Calcutta: one of the rare instances where Indian and Chinese cultures intersect in the cinema of the subcontinent. The programme included video contributions from the director’s son Kunal Sen, as well as by famous actress Nandita Das, who had most recently appared in his Amar Bhuvan (2002).


We screened Sen’s classic film Calcutta 71 (1972), a black and white complex masterpiece with a narrative that alternates between stories and different points in time. An angry young man is on trial in 1971, a rainstorm wrecks a slum in 1933, a lower-middle-class family is starving during the 1943 famine, teenagers turn smugglers in 1953, and a middle-class group chatter in a posh hotel in 1971.

Workshop initiator Sanghita Sen went on to discuss the work of the director in the transnational context of Third Cinema, at a talk in Bangladesh later in 2019, as covered in The Dhaka Tribune.



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.