Hong Kong Under Communist Rule in Ten Years? | China Uncensored


I’m here with Andrew Choi, the executive producer of the movie, “Ten
Years,” which won Best Film in the Hong Kong Film
Awards. Andrew, thanks for joining us. I’m a huge fan of this film, I’ve seen it at least five times. Tell me, what’s it like working with Channing Tatum
and Chris Pratt? What’s that, Shelley? Oh, that’s a different movie also called
“Ten Years…” Andrew, excuse me for just a moment. Okay, Andrew, thank you. Pardon the interruption. So I just watched “Ten Years,” which is apparently a collection of five short
films about the Chinese Communist Party’s erosion
of freedom in Hong Kong. So the film is set in 2025, ten years in the future of Hong Kong. Why are there no robots or sentient machines? Well, because we have a very limited budget. That’s the best answer! Actually, we talked to the director and said, we only have 100,000 dollars Hong Kong per
film. So it’s very, very low budget. Per each of the five films? – Yeah So total, 500,000 Hong Kong dollars budget. So I don’t think you can have a robot with
this budget. Always cardboard. So why did you get involved with this film? Well, I think we started out 3 years ago,
it was 2013, me and my co-producer, Ng Ka-Leung, who’s a wonderful director, we just finished a documentary film in Hong
Kong also talking about some of the changes in
Hong Kong. And we had the idea that, oh, after this documentary film want to do
a feature film about the future of Hong Kong? Because back then you could kind of sense
that Hong Kong is changing. Of course the influence of China is, you can feel it’s getting more and more involved in the Hong Kong issues. So we were just asking the question, what’s next for Hong Kong? So “Ten Years” was very successful in
Hong Kong – sold out theaters. Were you expecting this kind of response? Definitely no. We never imagined we could have such a huge response. At the beginning we were imagining, maybe one theater can show it for one week. At the end, theaters showed it for eight weeks, total of six cinemas show it. But even after eight weeks, our film was still doing quite well. It was selling out in all cinemas. But the cinema told us, sorry Andrew, but we won’t have any screening time for you next week. And we were asking why. “It was making money for you guys.” He just says, “I’m sorry,” I just don’t have any slot for you guys. So that’s an interesting part, since that normally won’t happen in Hong
Kong. Why do you think there was that? Well, of course they won’t tell us the reason. But you can kind of know it’s self-censorship from the cinemas. But yeah, we don’t have the chance to continue to show it in the cinema. We show it in the community. So we did 150 screenings since February this
year in universities, community centers, different high schools or even churches. So yeah, people are eager to watch our film. So we continued to screen it for 5 or 6 months in the community. And then it won Best Film at the Hong Kong
Film Awards. How did you feel about that? So we were very surprised, and of course we were honored. But I think this film, not just because that we, in terms of production quality, I don’t
think we are in that level. In terms of the meaning, in terms of response from the Hong Kong people… But I think people appreciate it for the timing
of the film, that it was released. And people say, well, it seems like things
we’re talking about i the film are actually happening in Hong Kong. So people say you are prophesying the future, and it’s really happening. And so it generated more awareness to the
Hong Kong people. And I know some people said the things that
happen in the movie could never actually happen in Hong Kong. But then as you say, shortly after it came
out there was the five Hong Kong booksellers that were detained
in mainland China, in the past few months there’s the interpretations Beijing is making about Hong Kong legislators. So do you feel that opinion has changed that this could never happen? Well, actually, people are saying that we
should change the title of the film. Instead of “Ten Years,” we should name
it “This Year.” Because we are imagining the future ten years
from now, right? 2025. But just a few months after we release the
film, people are saying things are already happening
in Hong Kong. You can really sense these things are going
to happen in the near future. Actually, when you do the film all the directors have this in mind that, we don’t want to see the story that we talk about in the movie happen in
real life. But unfortunately, things are already happening, as you said. Some of the conspiracy theories that we talk
about in the first film, people can associate… Actually, the Mong Kok Incident in February
this year – there’s a riot. Fishball Revolution. People kind associate, “oh, this is what you’re talking about
in the film.” And of course the bookstore, in the film we talk about a secret bookstore. So people associate those things we’re talking
about with things that are already happening. And when we do the local community screenings, especially after the Q&A session, we always say that, in real life, things are more ridiculous than what we’re
talking in the film. And because of the political nature of the
film, have you face any censorship or pressure because
of it? Not directly. We are asked very often, “are you guys being followed?” “Are you guys afraid?” No. So far, no. But I think – I think we can feel the pressure, especially when we know, when we were nominated in the Hong Kong Film
Award,, The main news, Global Times, wrote an article
about us, that we are spreading virus. Spreading despair. I believe the specific term they used for
the film was a “Thought virus.” – Yes, thought virus! Congratulations! Actually, yes! After this news came out, we were just saying we got free publicity. In Hong Kong, when the government say something, you’re no good, it means that’s very good. So it helped people to do more of our film. We really believe that our film is doing something right. It’s definitely, actually, a good way to
understand things that are happening in Hong Kong. Any plans to take the film to the mainland? Well, there’s a pirated version. Yup, I heard it is quite popular among the
mainland people. There’s a lot of download – a lot of BT,
I heard. Of course it’s illegal. But that’s probably the only way we can
go in. I don’t think you’ll be making that box
office revenue. No, there’s no box office there. But we released in Taiwan, the film. And we went to, I think, over 30 international film festivals in the
past year. I think we did arouse quite a few interests in different areas in the world. And we just released a DVD. And we released it online. So hopefully more people will see the film. For the China Uncensored viewers in the US, is there any way they can see the film? I think we’re gonna release it in iTunes
and Google Play in the US as well. So you guys have a chance. But I can share a little bit about our next
project because it’s related with “Ten Years.” Because we went to a lot of international
film festivals, we got the idea of “Ten Years,” it’s a very local topic about Hong Kong. But when we show it in other countries, people are very interested. Not only to Hong Kong, but they kind of reflect off of their own
country. So we’re going to have a project called
“Ten Years: International.” We’re going to go to different places to
do a local version of “Ten Years.” For example, we’re going to Taiwan. We’re gonna do a “Ten Years: Taiwan.” We’re gonna have local Taiwan directors to do a “Ten Years” about Taiwan. We’re gonna do Thailand, Japan, and Korea… We want to bring this to different places, and continue this discussion about the futures
of different countries. So that’s going to be interesting, yeah. Well since you mentioned the next project,
you know, I’ve been told I have a certain, um, cinematic appeal. I don’t know if you would consider maybe
casting me in something, particularly if it involves sentient machines in the future. You look like a Matrix! Something like that. That’d be good. Yeah. If I make a “Ten Years in US,” I’ll
probably cast you. Well ten years in the future of the US would
be pretty, uh… I wanna talk about this, because I was in
New York… Cut the cameras! Yeah, cut the cameras. One final question: at the end of the film, it ends with the phrase, “it’s not too
late.” I know people are saying that Hong Kongers
have become very pessimistic and cynical. Do you feel it’s not too late? Do you feel there’s still hope? Well, I think it’s gonna be difficult. I think the control and censorship is gonna be even more tightened in Hong Kong. At the same time, with all the screenings, we’ve talked to many people, especially younger generation of Hong Kong. And we feel they’re all concerned about
the future. And they really want to fight for something they used to enjoy in Hong Kong. Freedom of speech, freedom to do their own things, to have a good jurisdiction system in Hong
Kong – I think young people are, I think, stepping
up. I can see the future in them. It’s gonna be difficult, but I think but more and more people are gonna fight for what we used to have as an international city. And that’s why we think it’s never too
late. If we lose hope, then we’re gonna be very pessimistic. But if we keep the hope, and keep the hope in people, especially… That’s how we see it. Well thank you for joining me, Andrew. The film is called “Ten Years,” be sure to check it out, and keep your eye open for the US release. I highly recommend the film. Thank you. – Thanks again.




Comments
  1. Hong Kong was one of the best examples of free market capitalism in the world. When China took over they saw the possibility of avoiding the same kind of economic collapse that happened to the Soviet Union. They set up free market areas & grew their economy greatly but communism & free markets can't coexist. A lot of China's super economic growth was fictional – based on a massive building program that mostly turned out to be a waste of time, resources & money. Communists will behave like communists. When things get bad they tighten their grip, which make things worse. The best hope for China will be the overthrow of the communist government.

  2. so, left a message earlier, not sure if it posted or where so I'll try again. I'm pretty sure that sean PAN is a ccp troll. Could be wrong, but i sincerely doubt it. so please, stop feeding the trolls, especially if they're professionals

  3. LOL. I'm Chinese. I find these videos and ppl r super funny.
    I live in China for 25 years. I can do anything I want. What kind fking freedom and human right you want? watch porn? laws protect bad ppl like us? vote between a trash leader and shitty leader?
    I live in Canada for 5 years. Freedom, rightS are totally BS!
    Media Bias, Wynne government corruption, Green power scam , and because Canadian dont know math they voted real money sucking prime minister Justin Trudeau
    So many things going on, and Canadian citizens can't do anything to stop them or they just dont care xd.

  4. "Communism" is not a good term to use. The Communist Party of China is an old wine bottle with new wine. Now the 12 core values of Chinese Socialism are: Prosperity, Democracy, Civilized, Harmony, Freedom, Equality, Just, Lawful, Patriotism, Dedicated, Friendly. Have you only realised just now? Or are you living 30 years back?

  5. The CCP doesn't worry about Hongkong nearly as much as they do about Taiwan, they know that there's no way Hongkong can become independent on it's own.

  6. I would love to see this at the Dresden Elbe (river) film festival nights in Germany! So much!

    And there would be interest as well.
    Last year there even was a dedicated North Korea human rights film festival.

  7. Hong Kong people are welcome to the Philippines my Great Great Grand mother was from Canton they came to the Philippines after the Boxer Revolt. Do not wait till the communist steal your wealth.

  8. Actually the communist are afraid of Hong Kong because Hong Kong will spread democracy and teaching of Jesus Christ in mainland China. God Bless

  9. I haven't missed or lost any points, obviously you have though. You and others like you always have the same modus operandi, it's pretty funny actually. You "choose" a western or American sounding name to try to conceal that you are more than likely operating from within China where YouTube is banned. Therefore you must be paid.

  10. I AM sorry for Hong Kong but do they believe that it can be otherwise? China is communist. HK is in China. It sucks, but Hong Kong residents are now under Communist control. That's reality, and who dares to help HK against China? Who would?!

  11. so does this mean that hongkongers will start to speak mandarin? im not sure, but in my experience mainland chinese are more friendlier then hongkongers.

  12. so does this mean that hongkongers will start to speak mandarin? im not sure, but in my experience mainland chinese are more friendlier then hongkongers.

  13. so does this mean that hongkongers will start to speak mandarin? im not sure, but in my experience mainland chinese are more friendlier then hongkongers.

  14. This show makes me mad about what they are doing in Mainland China, but also gives me a glimmer of hope that the Kuomintang will once again take control of China and liberate Tibet.

  15. It's Chinese HK since 1997. As long as it stayed as a part of China–meaning: independence or returning to Britain as a colony is not an option. I don't care who is ruling China down the road. It also worth notice that CCP for the past 6-7 years have a approval rating around 85% among Chinese people. American Falungong will be in dismay and I can totally enjoy it.

  16. I am one of the young generation of Hong Kong people. Hong Kong need to be independent because we should take back what we lost after handover such as freedom of speech and legislation system. But it is difficult because there are Chinese Military. in central. 150 immigrants from China per day and their parent both are not HongKongese. We are losing hope. Some ppl decide to get the fuck out of Hong Kong. I actually meet some of them as I am doing my study in Australia. They are so afraid and completely giving up.

    As a HongKongese, the most important and hardest thing to do is not losing hope before the real enemy come.

  17. Mrs. DeVos will produce more and more American cannons, which are the urinals of the Russian prostitutes. What a bunch of losers.

  18. On the face of it,how hard can it be? Just free to say what you think, protection under the law, n election that's free n fair.All pretty much what any decent civilised society aspires. Yet the gentleman in BJ is foaming at the mouth n threatening all sorts of imprecations, pulling all the strings to stack the cards. Covert n overt dirty tricks to undermine HK in every way. All because the problems is their own insecurities in hanging on to power, the fear is nobody would want them if free to choose. Instead of winning hearts n minds, they will be author of their own demise.

  19. Hong Kong is just a place for mainland people to buy cheap stuffs. So many cities far better than Hong Kong in the mainland.

  20. hay moron FUCKING MORON WE'VE BEEN over THIS!

    DO THE PEOPLE HOLD THE MEANS OF PRODUCTION?

    NO SO STOP DELIBERATELY CONFUSING CAPITALISM FOR COMMUNISM YOU FUCKING MORON

    what the hell is wrong in your head?

  21. a quick summary of the film would of been nice, at the beginning, so we know wtf your talking about. i lost interest half way through, due to a conversation, i just know too little about!

  22. Like I said 3 weeks ago, it's not going to be 10 years when China takes over Hong Kong. It's starts this July.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-01/missing-billionaire-stokes-fears-of-china-meddling-in-hong-kong

    It's happening.

  23. its funny how the people in hk fight the brits when they were under control, and fight the chinese when they got what they wished for for generations. is this their thing or somthing lololol?

  24. HongKong does not realize their situation right now. China already has been very gentle to HongKong, at least China did not trade HongKong like the most Western world trade their conlonized counties. At least your family and you did not end up work at sugar plantation with only one hand.

  25. Maybe sooner than 10 years because the regime is about to collapse with the many desperate foreign passports mainly USA and Canada flying around within the country.

  26. dear chris,
    i like your show because you're sarcastic and entertaining to watch, and I like that your channel is very updated on China news. That brushes me up on my news on China too.
    Now that we got that out, I am a Hong Kong born-and-raised citizen and I love this city no more than any other HK local. So my question is, "what the fuck do you westerners know about what Hong Kong wants/needs?" The minority who want independence/democracy doesn't represent everyone in HK. Most of us HKers just want a stable economy so we can make a good living. Stability is what we need, not a divisive crowd who occupies the city and impedes the city's daily routine. Back in the 70s-90s HK used to be all about economy and no politics games were played. Yes, UK ruled over HK, but ever since those bastards left they left with an ideology that will make our city divisive – democracy. And since then HK's GDP has been surpassed by Singapore, and minority of the people and outsiders like you seem to think the problem is China. But how many unspoken ones benefited and are doing well because of the ties HK and China have? Those are the majority, and the majority want stability. So even though the basis of this channel is biased, my views are not, and I respect you. Just know that only MINORITY of the HKers are being ungrateful, yet they make the most noise.

  27. The mainland Chinese hate the Hong Kong Chinese and the Taiwan Chinese. I love China , Hong Kong and Taiwan.

  28. Better than British occupation for the past 100 years, in which it didn't give Hongkong self rule, right or freedom.
    Only Hypocrite talk louder when they surrender hk to China, talks very loud on hk rights.

  29. o 23 mths ccp m collapse in t small china currently hk enjoy 2 s w cent' u british gov now u china r , need 2 g all ccp crony n final curtain cum new window 2 freedom

  30. 吃地溝油的命, 操中南海的心! 

    生日本人的氣, 砸中国人的車! 

    去小日本尋歡, 操同胞們妓女! 

    叫国人用華為, 但自己用iPhone!

    罵港人搞港獨, 來香港旅遊購物!

    去美使館示威, 取美帝國簽證!

    Somebody who is destinated to drink recycled dirty oil, but he / she still think that he/she can manipulate Zhingnanhai's policy!

    Somebody who is furious about little Japan due to historical issue, but he / she damage compatriot's vehicle which is of Japanese brand name.

    Somebody who goes to Japan for sex with Japanese Lolita, but he actually have sexual intercourse with countrywomen.

    Somebdoy calls up his / her compartiots to use Huawei phone, but his / her phone is Apple iPhone.
    Somebody

    Someboy blames Hongkongers on independence activity, but he / she enjoys touring and shopping in Hong Kong.

    Someboy implements pentition and demonstration outside US embassy or consulate-in-general, but he / she applies for US visa.

  31. To Mainland Chinese, please don't ask why the real Hongkongers miss British rule. We want to be British slaves instead of Communist minions.

  32. Ten Years: UK.

    After UK's post Brexit economic downfall and loss of political influence, the UK becomes China's bitch.

    Censorship is increased, surveillance is intense and corruption more rampant than ever before. The entropy of the UK state and power comes under the thumb of China.

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