History and Development of Hong Kong Documentary

Project: Research

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As early as 1896, European, American, and Japanese cinematographers came to Hong Kong and filmed its streets and architecture. The first locally produced documentary was made in 1922, but the earliest Hong Kong-made documentary that still exists is Lai Man-wai’s 1927 portrait of Dr Sun Yat-sen—China's national father. From the 1920s to the present, Hong Kong documentary filmmakers have recorded the development of this world city through their unique perspectives within the larger context of Chinese history and culture. While the form and content of documentaries have undergone major transformations, Hong Kong documentarists have responded constantly with works with identifiably local characteristics. A systematic survey and study of the history of documentary in Hong Kong, however, remains a blank to be filled, and it is the task of this project to produce such a study combining literature review, oral history, and cultural analysis.


Project number7002068
Grant typeSRG
Effective start/end date1/04/079/02/10