75 min.
Talk door Grady Hendrix (75 min.)

Hong Kong is barely bigger than Bulgaria, yet its movies have taken over the world. Its style of shooting, its themes and preoccupations, even its stars, have spread everywhere. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone on this planet today who doesn’t know Jackie Chan or John Woo. But across its thousands of movies, Hong Kong has built a version of itself, and China, that don’t exist in reality. Instead, this invisible country lives on in the hearts and minds of millions of people. In this talk we’ll take a guided tour of Hong Kong movies and look at how this tiny colony built a kingdom of dreams out of a bunch of empty lots and shopping malls. 
 
Grady Hendrix is one of the founders of Subway Cinema and the New York Asian Film Festival, and he’s written extensively on Hong Kong cinema for Variety, Film Comment, the British Film Institute, the Criterion Collection, and a whole lot more.