documentary made in hong kong
1997, 75 MINS., COLOUR
the documentary MADE IN HONG KONG allows glimpses on a hong kong shortly
before the 1997 handover to china. But rather than focusing on the expected
hysteria, luc schaedler's documentary debut works toward complexity by
allowing six very diverse residents to talk about their relationship to
the colonial city.
their life stories mix with the pictures of the director's video camera,
that captures the beauty in the architectural chaos of the cityscape,
peeks into homes of illegal immigrants and explores the wares and bustling
activity of the markets, offering us an understanding we are usually denied
of the city.
though formally deceptively simple, as the director intercuts the interviews,
with frightening TV advertisements and quietly stunning footage of daily
life, the documentary develops into a poignant and very personal portrait
of hong kong and we learn about hong kong's ambiguities and its political
and social problems: the density, the architectural chaos, the booming
economy and the uncertainty regarding 1997.
a refreshing and original documentary
from newcomer luc schaedler.
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