Hong Kong Film at the End of the Reel?

From the hyperactive Kung Fu of Bruce Lee to the lush atmosphere of Wong Kar-Wai to the sideburns of Nicholas Tse, Hong Kong has given more than its share to world cinema. Now the territory's beleaguered film industry is asking for a little something back. Last Wednesday the Federation of Hong Kong Film Workers asked the government to underwrite loans for local movie productions and to lobby Beijing for greater access to mainland China. Without government financial backing, film veterans say, Hong Kong cinema might be on its last take. The numbers aren't encouraging: local box receipts fell 55% this summer...

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