The China Syndrome

Illustration for TIME by Jean-françois Martin

If outsiders had to describe Hong Kong's film scene, they might use words like prolific, thinking of the seemingly endless kung-fu films that the city's studios have churned out. Or, if they knew their art-house fare, they could call it sophisticated, with a nod to the international acclaim that such exquisitely shot films as Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love (2000) have won in recent years. But, in fact, what was once one of the world's busiest film industries has been in financial and creative decline for some time. With just 50 homegrown movies hitting the...

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