fredag 11. mars 2022

Hong Kong protests documentary breaks Taiwan box office record in opening weeks

A film on the pro-democracy protests that rocked Hong Kong in 2019 has broken a box office record in Taiwan for an overseas Chinese-language documentary within the first fortnight of its release. Revolution of Our Times, directed by Hong Kong film-maker Kiwi Chow and which premiered at the Cannes film festival last year, has grossed around $17m NTD (US$600,000) as of Wednesday, the film’s distributor said.

Released in Taiwan on 25 February, the film has been screened at about 40 cinemas across Taiwan, with some patrons booking out entire cinemas to screen the film for free. It has even drawn the support of the president, Tsai Ing-wen. “The Hong Kong people’s courage & commitment to democracy are an inspiration to us all, as we work to preserve our own freedoms & way of life,” Tsai tweeted on Wednesday.

The documentary chronicles the months of mass demonstrations in Hong Kong which saw millions take to the streets to march against a proposed extradition law that many feared would have exposed Hongkongers to China’s opaque legal system.