Hiroshima 28

Hiroshima 28

Dir/Scr/Edi: Patrick Lung Kong
Scr/Orig Story: Pansy Mang Kwan
Prod Co: Eng Wah
Cast: Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Kwan Shan, Chiao Chiao, Charlie Chin, Maggie Li
1974 | Colour | D Beta | Mandarin | Chi & Eng Subtitles | 94min

This film was collected overseas in 1996.

The great director Patrick Lung Kong has always been mindful of the Hong Kong film industry despite immigrating to the US. He lent his copy of Hiroshima 28 to the Archive in 1996, enthusiastically participating in the process of striking a new print. Over the years, he had been cooperating actively with the Archive, conducting several oral history interviews and donating his award trophies to our collection. His dedication to the heritage of film culture lives on.

The story is set in Hiroshima, 28 years after the atomic bombing. Just before her marriage, Japanese woman Yoshiko Imai (Josephine Siao Fong-fong) discovers that her biological father was an atomic bomb survivor. She is subsequently diagnosed with leukemia, presumably as a result of her parentage. She devotes the rest of her life to the peace movement, fighting till her last breath to stop future warfare. It is extremely rare for a Hong Kong film to tackle such a major theme as ‘anti-atomic warfare'. Ahead of his time, director Patrick Lung Kong was the victim of much vicious verbal attacks, and was even accused of being a traitor. In an interview with the Archive, he told of his reason for making the film: it was his wish to ‘Go global! Make an internationally significant film!' He tells of the damage brought by atomic warfare from the point of view of an atomic bomb survivor's daughter, not to side with the Japanese, but to tell of the damages brought by atomic warfare, in order to bring out his message, ‘prevent the human race from becoming extinct, and our culture from being destroyed.' This ambitious film received the Most Moving Tragedy Award from the 20th Asian Film Festival (Asia-Pacific Film Festival).

Date Time Venue
3/7/2021 (Sat) # 5:00pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Shu Kei

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