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Ten Years (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) DVD Region 3

Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Chen Bao Hua (Actor) | Ng Siu Hin (Actor)
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Winner of Best Film at the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards, the controversial 2015 indie omnibus Ten Years imagines the state of Hong Kong ten years later. Composed of five shorts by up-and-coming directors, the politically sensitive anthology offers a dystopian vision of the city in 2025. Addressing local issues and concerns that ring especially relevant in the post-Occupy climate, Ten Years turned into a surprise hit in Hong Kong through strong word of mouth.

In "Extras," two low-level gangsters are hired to shoot political party leaders in order to incite panic and stoke support for security legislation. In "Season of the End," two researchers futilely preserve relics of Hong Kong's past in a dilapidated building, with one offering himself up as the final specimen. In "Dialect," a Cantonese-speaking taxi driver struggles to make a living as Mandarin becomes increasingly prevalent in the work space. In "Self-Immolator," an unidentified person commits self-immolation outside the British embassy, and media coverage speculates connection to the recent death in prison of a prominent independence activist. In "Local Egg," a grocery store owner rues the closing of Hong Kong's last chicken farm and worries about his son's participation in a youth guard that keeps tabs on local shops.

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Product Title: Ten Years (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 十年 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 十年 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) 十年 (2015) (DVD) (香港版) Ten Years (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Liu Kai Chi (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Chen Bao Hua (Actor) | Ng Siu Hin (Actor) | Catherine Chau (Actor) | Leung Kin Ping (Actor) 廖啟智 (Actor) | 游 學修 (Actor) | 陳寶華 (Actor) | 吳 肇軒 (Actor) | 周 家怡 (Actor) | 梁 健平 (Actor) 廖启智 (Actor) | 游 学修 (Actor) | 陈宝华 (Actor) | 吴 肇轩 (Actor) | 周 家怡 (Actor) | 梁 健平 (Actor) 廖啓智(リウ・カイチー) (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Chen Bao Hua (Actor) | Ng Siu Hin (Actor) | Catherine Chau (Actor) | Leung Kin Ping (Actor) 요 계지 (Actor) | Nick Yau (Actor) | Chen Bao Hua (Actor) | Ng Siu Hin (Actor) | Catherine Chau (Actor) | Leung Kin Ping (Actor)
Director: Ng Ka Leung | Kwok Zune | Wong Fei Pang | Jevons Au | Chow Kwun Wai 伍 嘉良 | 郭 臻 | 黃 飛鵬 | 歐 文傑 | 周 冠威 伍 嘉良 | 郭 臻 | 黄 飞鹏 | 欧 文杰 | 周 冠威 Ng Ka Leung | Kwok Zune | Wong Fei Pang | Jevons Au | Chow Kwun Wai Ng Ka Leung | Kwok Zune | Wong Fei Pang | Jevons Au | Chow Kwun Wai
Release Date: 2016-10-21
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: PAL What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 104 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1053173681

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Five thought-provoking shorts imagine what Hong Kong will be like ten years from now. In Extras, two genial low-level gangsters are hired to stage an attack, but they’re mere sacrificial lambs in a political conspiracy. Rebels strive to preserve destroyed homes and objects as specimens in the mesmerizing Season of the End. In Dialect, a taxi driver struggles to adjust after Putonghua displaces Cantonese as Hong Kong’s only official language. Following the death of a leading independence activist, an act of self-immolation outside the British consulate triggers questions and protests in the searing yet moving Self-Immolator. In Local Egg, a grocery shop owner worries about his son’s youth guard activities and where to buy eggs after Hong Kong’s last chicken farm closes down.
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Professional Review of "Ten Years (2015) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

October 6, 2016

This professional review refers to Ten Years (2015) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Though unevenly executed, indie omnibus Ten Years is a worthwhile attempt at socially-relevant Hong Kong film. Ten Years presents five shorts that imagine Hong Kong in the year 2025, with storylines and themes that extrapolate on local social and political issues. The film doesn't start smoothly, as the first two shorts are comparatively the weakest. The lead-off short, director Kwok Zune's "Extras", tells of two low-level gangsters (Courtney Wu Zerisawa and Peter Chan) who are instructed by their boss to assassinate a small-time politician. Or maybe they're supposed to shoot someone else entirely, as their assignment is being debated and changed on the fly by a consortium of shadowy political types who callously toy with the men's lives. This short touches on identity, power, class and politics but the pace is plodding and the satire obvious. As is, "Extras" feels like it could accomplish the same in half the amount of time.

Director Wong Fei-Pang's "Season of the End" is also a tough sit, but for different reasons. This short tells of two rebels, one man and one woman, who collect remnants of destroyed homes and lives for study as "specimens". When the male (Lau Ho-Chi) decides to become a specimen, he asks the female (Wong Ching) to arrange for his preservation. With its abstract style and eerie detail, "Season of the End" resembles low-rent Kim Ki-Duk, and may alienate upon first glance. However, with some patience, "Season" can reward with it unsettling and even mesmerizing exploration of a dehumanized, broken-down future. One sticking point: the actual content doesn't feel that Hong Kong-specific and could take place in any number of locations.

On the other hand, "Dialect" is pure Hong Kong in its examination of the way local life is transforming. Written and directed by Milkyway Image screenwriter Jevons Au, "Dialect" takes place in a future where Putonghua has become the official language of Hong Kong, and taxi drivers who only speak Cantonese receive fewer benefits than Putonghua speakers. Amidst these conditions, a Cantonese-only taxi driver (Lau Si-Ho) finds prejudice through a variety of encounters. Less a story than a collection of vignettes, "Dialect" nonetheless demonstrates how a person can be subtly marginalized through language, and sometimes by the most unexpected of people. Given Hong Kong’s current identity crisis, and the raging divide between mainland Chinese and Hong Kongers, "Dialect" is quietly and sharply resonant.

Director Chow Kwun-Wai's "Self-Immolator" is far more direct. Told as a fictional documentary, the short examines a self-immolation incident outside the British consulate – an act of protest after an activist (Ng Siu-Hin of She Remembers, He Forgets) dies in prison after being convicted of sedition. His treasonous act: Calling for the United Kingdom to re-involve itself in Hong Kong-China affairs. With references to the Umbrella Revolution and Article 23, "Self-Immolator" is overtly pandering in its echoing of the Hong Kong activist spirit. The acting also gets histrionic and its dogma can be a little over-the-top. Still, the premise is a strong one, and the ending is emotional and even inspiring. For some viewers, "Self-Immolator" could arguably be the most representative segment of Ten Years.

The film wraps up with director Ng Ka-Leung's "Local Egg", about a grocery store owner named Sam (Liu Kai-Chi) who seeks a new egg distributor after Hong Kong’s last chicken farm closes. He sells his remaining stock as "local eggs", but the word "local" disturbs the Youth Guard, a mainland-influenced youth cadre, of which one member is Sam's grade-school son Ming (Hui Yuk-Ming). Like "Dialect", "Local Egg" demonstrates how the China-Hong Kong divide can insinuate itself into daily life in unexpected but insidiously possible ways. At the same time, the short shows how local activism and the spirit of independence might still exist during darker times. Besides relevant themes and a political conscience, "Local Egg" offers quietly rousing hope.

Ten Years will be difficult going for fans of movies in general, as its segments rarely excel in ways unrelated to their social or political views. "Season of the End" is the exception; the segment's lack of Hong Kong specificity gives it more general appeal, and the dark storyline may interest fans of existential horror. Hong Kong's resident culturati are the most obvious audience for the whole of Ten Years, as the indie filmmaking style and focus on Hong Kong serves them well. However, anyone anywhere with a keen interest in Hong Kong's growing social and political concerns should consider seeing the film. Success of the individual filmmakers aside, the provocative themes are ripe for discussion and debate, and enough to make Ten Years an essential work.

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