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One of the most creative films we've seen in a long time. A genre-bending, time-warping documentary about the recent political changes in Hong Kong. 

Although the Chinese government promised that Hong Kong would retain separate status until 2047, in recent years the Chinese state has consolidated its power over the metropolis. Large-scale protests by the populace have been brutally suppressed. This mix of documentary, fiction, and futuristic vision reveals the current state of desolate depression among the people of Hong Kong. “A desperate attempt to capture the final moments of a sinking island,” as maker Chan Tze-Woon himself puts it.

This film has been generously sponsored by Mel Brody; and by Joanne and David Tagieff

Chan Tze-Woon

Chan Tze-Woon is a Hong Kong-based director and writer. Born in 1987 and raised in this city, his debut feature-length documentary YELLOWING (2016) examined the Umbrella Movement, a large-scale civil occupation in 2014. This documentary explored Hong Kong’s fraught relationship with mainland China. It won the Shinsuke Ogawa Prize at the 2017 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2016 Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards.

Chan’s first two short films, THE AQUEOUS TRUTH (2013) and BEING RAIN: REPRESENTATION AND WILL (2014), both broached the subject of Hong Kong’s political situation by means of conspiracy plots and the mockumentary form.

BLUE ISLAND is Chan’s second feature-length film.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    97 minutes
  • Language
    Cantonese, Mandarin, English
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Director
    Chan Tze-Woon