HK indie dystopian film outperforms Star Wars VII on opening night, disappears

In still from movie, Youth Guard members egg a bookstore

In still from movie, Youth Guard members egg a booktsore

KOTA KINABALU, SABAH, MALAYSIA — An independent film set in a dystopian Hong Kong of 2025 opened last month, and outsold the latest Star Wars episode. Then, it quickly disappeared from theatres, probably because it’s very critical of the mainland government.

Ten Years (十年 shi nian) consists of five shorts, all set ten years in the future, when Cantonese has been outlawed and an oppressive government rules with 1984-like efficiency. One short depicts the self-immolation of a protester, which has been a common form of protest on the mainland by Tibetan and other dissidents.

There’s no evidence the Beijing government has banned the film in Hong Kong. But its disappearance may be a form of “self-censorship” by theatre operators unwilling to deal with government censors.

Links for further information:
CNN Jan. 20
Radio Free Asia Feb. 10
Wikipedia entry
Filmmakers’ interview with HK magazine TimeOut

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