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China co-productions are breathing new life into the Hong Kong film business

During its heyday in the '90s, the Hong Kong film sector could do no wrong.

John Woo's slow-motion pyrotechnics and Wong Kar Wai's moody atmospherics packed in record audiences as "Hong Kong cinema" became shorthand for a vibrant, take-no-prisoners style of filmmaking.

By the new millennium, however, boxoffice was down, Woo and Wong had defected to Hollywood and local players were left to wonder where all the momentum went.