Controversial HK movie wins ‘Best Film’ award

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HONG KONG: A controversial movie about the future of Hong Kong won the top prize at the city’s film awards Sunday, after being a local box office hit but antagonizing Beijing over its portrayal of the semi-autonomous territory in 2025. “Ten Years” scooped the “Best Film” prize at the Hong Kong Film Awards, following a short cinema release that was widely believed to have been curtailed for political reasons. The film is made up of a series of five vignettes that tap residents’ worst fears for the future of the southern Chinese city as Beijing’s grip tightens. The film had only a short general release, while some cinemas refused to screen it altogether, and it raised heckles on the mainland with China’s state-run Global Times newspaper describing it as “totally absurd” and a “virus of the mind.”

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