Blue Island

CHAN Tze-Woon

Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan〡2022〡 Doc〡Color, BW〡97 min〡Cantonese, Mandarin, English
✧ 2022 International Film Festival Rotterdam-Bright Future
✧ 2022 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival-Best International Feature Documentary Award
✧ 2022 Taiwan International Documentary Festival - Visionary Award - Grand Prize, Asian Vision Competition - Special Jury Prize, Audience Award

These are all stories of youth and rebellion. Through reconstructions, the film dramatizes the scarred memories by using four young people who participated in the 2019 protests in Hong Kong. These real protagonists are separated by time and history, yet their lives parallel and overlap. Because of the defiant backgrounds, they find themselves in similarly chaotic predicaments. Images flow between documentary and drama, blending archival materials, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, weaving an expansive tapestry that encompasses these tumultuous eras… How do the young people of this city envision their future today? What do they think about this seemingly unwinnable revolution?


CHAN Tze-Woon

CHAN Tze-Woon is a Hong Kong-based director and writer. His debut feature-length documentary Yellowing (2016) examined the Umbrella Movement. It won the Shinsuke Ogawa Prize at the 2017 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2016 Taipei Golden Horse Film Awards. Chan’s first two short films, The Aqueous Truth (2013) and Being Rain: Representation and Will (2014), both broached the subject of Hong Kong’s political situation by means of conspiracy plots and the mockumentary form. His recent work Blue Island (2022) blends documentary and fiction to reconstruct Hongkongers’ history. It was selected in the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won the Best Documentary at Hot Docs.

05.01 ㊀ 15:30〡屏東大學 社會發展學系



The upheavals in 2019 left all Hongkongers with a loss of words. Parting ways and losing freedom became something so near to myself. I was born in the very last decade of Britain’s colonial rule over Hong Kong. When the Chinese regime continued the city’s trepidation and uncertainty, the accompanying political and social turbulence prompted me to explore the nuances of Hong Kong people’s collective identity. Upon closer examination of this city’s past, I am seeing history repeating so frequently in mere decades. This film is a desperate attempt to capture the final moments of a sinking island. This is about “us”, but what is “us”? What is “Hong Kong”? From the past to the present, people from different generations have never stopped imagining Hong Kong and the future of the city, and they have paid the price for it. Through re-presentation of memories and juxtaposing people of different ages, the mental journeys of these survivors or remnants of Hong Kong are being connected, collided as well as rediscovered.

This film serves not only as individual testimonies, but a cord which continuously bounds generations of people on this island together.



11.06 ㊅ 22:20〡台南新光影城 4 廳
11.09 ㊂ 20:40〡台南新光影城 4 廳〡 Q&A session with the Director
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