Controversial Hong Kong Film 'Ten Years' Set for Regional Remakes

Ten Years 2 - H 2016
Hong Kong International Film Festival

Producers behind the politics-infused anthology movie plan Japanese, Taiwanese and Thai versions.

Ten Years, the award-winning yet controversy-dogged Hong Kong anthology film, is to get Japanese, Taiwanese and Thai remakes. 

Ten Years Production, the production house behind the film that made 12 times its budget at the box office and won best film at the Hong Kong Film Awards, announced that it will be producing the three regional remakes following the enthusiastic reaction to the original on the international festival circuit. 

“Although Ten Years was a film about Hong Kong, the questions it raised on political autonomy, social tensions and human values, were universal,” said Ng Ka Leung, one of the directors of the Hong Kong film, which was banned in China.

Ten Years, which takes place in Hong Kong in the year 2025, examines the effects of changing education, culture and language. The international versions will follow the same outline, featuring five shorts about life 10 years from now in the corresponding countries by five directors, both experienced and new.

The three films will deal with issues of intensified government surveillance, technology’s impact on human relationships and the loss of authentic culture.

The projects’ regional producers are Lorraine Ma and Felix Tsang of Twofold Productions.

Ten Years Thailand will be produced by Films For Free and Aditya Assarat’s Pop Pictures. Directors include Cannes veteran Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat, Chookiat Sakveerakul and Chulayarnnon Siriphol.

Ten Years Taiwan will be produced by James Liu’s Joint Entertainment, and directors include Rina B. Tsou, Lau Kek Huat, Lekal Sumi, Pei-Ju Hsieh, and Lu Po Shun.

Ten Years Japan will be produced by Miyuki Takamatsu’s Free Stone Productions, and details of the film will be announced at the Busan Film Festival.

 All three films will commence production by the end of 2017.