Hong Kong: City on Fire

Hong Kong: City on Fire

Taking us from Hong Kong's 1997 handover from British rule into Chinese administrative control, all the way to 2019, when a controversial extradition bill is greeted with massive street protests, this urgent film beds in with Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrations, offering a frontline portrait of four young protesters through a year of struggle. We see their hopes for a freer life and feel their fears as the authorities crack down. Pulse-racing scenes bring the viewer to street level, where peaceful protest is met with fury and tear gas. Clear-eyed about the complications and contradictions that come with a movement that changed Hong Kong forever, Hong Kong: City on Fire is a brave document of troubled times.

Original Title: Hong Kong: City on Fire
Year: 2022
Countries: Hong Kong,United Kingdom
Category: Documentary
Languages: 广州话 / 廣州話
Production Companies: Dartmouth Films,Enemy Films
Gender: Documentary
Movie Cast:

    Movie Crew:

    • Producer: Mark Lacey
    • Executive Producer: Mark Thomas
    • Music: Adrian Leung
    • Producer: Sinead Kirwan
    • Director: Choi Ka-yan
    • Camera Operator: Lee Hiu-ling
    • Editor: Yip Yu Han
    • Graphic Designer: Audrey Choi
    • Camera Operator: Yuen Yin
    • Camera Operator: Yeung Ka Yan

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      1 Review

    1. CinemaSerf dice:

      I was really disappointed with this documentary. Set amidst the protests in Hong Kong against the increasingly oppressive action of the Chinese central government, we follow the activities of the students who are trying to put up some meaningful and effective resistance. Some of the imagery is effective - the overwhelming force of the well-equipped police against an intentionally leaderless coalition of youngsters is well illustrated, but there is little informed analysis here. It is really just a collection of user-generated video without any attempt to create a narrative that contextualise who is doing what. The risks taken by the protesters when balanced against their family and relationship commitments is referenced, but not developed anywhere near sufficiently and, indeed, when one young couple have a disagreement, the almost petulant response of the boyfriend borders on the angry melodramatic. This lack of expansion of the subject and exploration of who they are and what drives them to this drastic, and perilous, action leaves us to assume or imagine too much, and the paucity of contributions from the older population doesn't help it's scope either. Of course, keeping their identities secret would have been crucial, but the lack of one-to-one conversations does deprive this of much potency. It will certainly maintain awareness of the brave activities of these people, and highlight the seemingly futile efforts they are making against a super-state that cares little about their liberties or freedoms, but sadly - for me, anyway - this is little better than a collection of video diaries that could have been so much more powerful.

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