The return of Hong Kong to China was accompanied by some concern for its film industry, but a change was still necessary even before the Hanover, the official transfer of sovereignty that took place on July 1, 1997. Whatever the issues raised in the cinema Hong Kong from the return to China (restrictions of creative freedom, potential gains from the Chinese mainland market, preservation of Hong Kong’s language and culture), none of them modifies the fact that the very popular local film industry is already losing its polish.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Hong Kong film industry was solid and incredibly popular. The average annual production was about two hundred films, which enjoyed an astonishing popularity among local audiences, overseas Chinese and cinema fans from all over Asia. But in the mid-1990s, Hong Kong cinema was already losing local audiences to Hollywood films, and its overseas popularity was also weakening. With the increase in piracy and the decline in public support, the Hong Kong filmmakers had to adapt. As you now watch free movies online you will be having the best options for exploring more. Continue reading