TEN YEARS 十年 DVD 2016
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.