Archival Gems—Time After Time II


Thematic Clips:

Love and Marriage Film──"Eternity" of Marriage in Films

Detective Film──Interpretations of Detective and Crime Films in the Changing Era

Zombie Film──Hong Kong Zombie Films New!

Hong Kong cinema touches on a great variety of topics and themes, and demonstrates much diversity in styles and treatments. Filmmakers may approach the same theme in all different ways, making Hong Kong cinema a real treasure of culture. The latest chapter of  'Archival Gems' takes the audience down the history lane by showing black and white films from the 1950s and 60s, and juxtaposes them with films made in the new millennium in which some motifs recur. While the interest on certain themes is shared by filmmakers across generations, each film is peculiar to the epoch in which it was made, and we can see how each one is shaped by the prevalent ideologies and technical conditions of the times.

Some films from the 1950s and 60s from the Hong Kong Film Archives' collection have never been screened publicly because the celluloid was in bad condition or there existed only one copy of film stock. With a funding of $20 million allocated by the government, the Archive launched a 5-year digitisation project to transfer these kinds of collection from analogue to digital format. The Conservation Unit of the Archive expects to digitise 150 films so that screenings of these titles will not cause further damages to the original copies. Following the previous edition of this programme, 'Archival Gems – Time After Time II' now brings to the audience seven of such precious films that are screened in front of the contemporary audience for the first time at the Archive.

A seminar will be held in between screenings of titles on the same theme to discuss how these films are diversely interpreted across decades. Please also visit Ticketing Information for discount when purchasing tickets for films on the same theme.

The contents of the programme do not represent the views of the presenter. The presenter reserves the right to change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

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