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Hong Kong's unexpected box office hit: A dystopian film on city's political future

Hong Kong's unexpected box office hit: A dystopian film on city's political future

It is a vision of Hong Kong in which assassinations are staged to cow the citizenry into accepting mainland China’s national security law. Desperate democracy fighters lay down their lives. Grade schoolers are brainwashed by the government and unleashed as a brood of political attack dogs.

Hong Kong’s movie market has long been ruled by action flicks and slapstick comedies that afford the audience in this semi-autonomous Chinese territory a relief from reality. But a low-budget independent film that confronts moviegoers with a stark, dystopian vision of their city’s near-future has recently become an unexpected box office hit.

The overtly political “Ten...

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