Screened as part of NZIFF 2016

Ten Years 2015

Directed by Kwok Zune, Wong Fei-pang, Jevons Au, Chow Kwun-wai, Ng Ka-leung

Banned in China, satire lives in Hong Kong. Five dystopian visions of Hong Kong ten years from now by five independent filmmakers, Ten Years mysteriously disappeared from Hong Kong cinemas after drawing record crowds.

Hong Kong In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles
103 minutes CinemaScope/Colour and B&W/DCP
M (violence and content that may disturb)

Producers

Jevons Au
,
Frankie Chan
,
Mandrew Kwan
,
Andrew Choi

Screenplay

Leung Pui-pui
,
Fean Chung
,
Wong Ching
,
Wong Fei-pang
,
Jevons Au
,
Ho Fung-lun
,
Chung Chui-yi
,
Lulu Yang
,
Chow Kwun-wai
,
Ng Ka-leung

Photography

Mike Mak
,
Lau Tsz-kin
,
Ho Chiu-yuen
,
Twinsen Ng

Editors

Kwok Zune
,
Wong Fei-pang
,
Samuel Chan
,
Gigi Li
,
Chow Kwun-wai
,
Ng Ka-leung

Production designers

Vincent Cheung
,
Ma Wing-yu
,
Ho Fung-lun
,
G. Tsu
,
Charlie Choi

Costume designers

Chan Hup-yi
,
Charlie Choi

Music

Chun Hor
,
Kashiwa Daisuke
,
Herman Yip

With

Zerisawa Courtney Wu
,
Peter Chan
,
Wong Chin
,
Lau Ho-chi
,
Leung Kin-ping
,
KK Si
,
Tanzela Qoser
,
Liu Kai-chi

Festivals

Hong Kong 2016

Awards

Best Picture
,
Hong Kong Film Awards 2016

In the last two years, Hong Kong has seen central city sit-ins and localist riots. Guaranteed a degree of autonomy for 50 years after their reunification with China in 1997, Hong Kongers have begun to wonder what lies in store. In Ten Years, five local directors imagine life there in just ten years’ time, at about the halfway point to the full embrace of the mainland. The result is biting satire, humour, weirdness and an undertow of fear – and an unprecedented cinematic insight into the zeitgeist of the city right now. Released on a single screen to turn-away business, the film soon disappeared mysteriously from public exhibition in Hong Kong.

“Political assassination. Self-immolation. Cultural annihilation. Children working as secret police. These are just some of the horrors five young directors envisage for Hong Kong a decade down the line in Ten Years, a dystopian omnibus film that provoked the Chinese government’s ire. In the service of each worst-case scenario, the various shorts employ arresting visuals, edgy film language and absorbing storylines to express some citizens’ uncertainty about viability of ‘One Country, Two Systems’ in the former British colony…

China’s state paper The Global Times branded it ‘thought virus’, and the government allegedly ordered a media blackout when it was nominated for – and won – best film at the Hong Kong Film Awards. When handing out the award, actor-director and HKFA Chairman Derek Yee quoted Franklin Roosevelt: ‘Only thing we have to fear is fear itself’.” — Maggie Lee, Variety