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SUBJECT: Premiere of Documentary "In Search of the Dragon's Tale" with Photographic Exhibition on Kowloon Walled City

~ 3 pm and 4:30 pm, Sunday 31st August, 1997 at Lim Por Yen Film Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong ~

(Hong Kong - 14 August, 1997)  The above captioned event, organized by independent producers and directors, Stuart Rankin and Haymann Lau, and sponsored by the Hong Kong Arts Centre, will take place on 31st August 1997.   It has already been selected by the jury of Yamagata International Documentary Festival 1997 (Japan) for the New Asian Currents Programme held in early October, 1997.

‘In Search of the Dragon’s Tale’ follows the story of a handicapped street musician, Maurice Chan, as he explains what life is like for him in Hong Kong. In the process we go on a journey back in time to the Walled City of Kowloon.

Once dubbed ‘the sleaziest’ place in Hong Kong, the Walled City was an ‘island’ of Chinese sovereignty within the British colony. As a result of a secret political compromise between the Chinese and British Governments the Walled City was destroyed in 1992. This decision resulted in the displacement of the Walled City’s 40,000 residents.

The documentary gives a personal look into modern day Hong Kong and shows historical links to a place the authorities preferred to forget.

‘In Search Of The Dragon’s Tale’ features never-before-seen video footage and photos, as well as on-camera interviews, underscoring the tenacity of the human spirit to rise above conditions that were, as one journalist put it, “worse than we can imagine.”

The programme was shot on Betacam SP, edited on AVID non-linear editing systems, finished on high-end post-production digital equipment; and has an original improvised music track composed and performed by Maurice Chan and friends.

There are two shows: one starting at 3 pm and the other starting at 4.30 pm. The running time is 48 minutes, with a 30-minute discussion with the directors after each show.

Admission to the photographic exhibition part is free (10am to 5 pm).  All income from ticketing and sale of the photo exhibits donated by the participating photographers (Victor Chiu, Stephen Black, Simon Go, Fu Chun Wai and signet carving artist Raymond Chow) will go towards the fund for Society for Community Organization (SoCO).

For enquiries, please contact

Ms. Haymann Lau, Co-Producer, Co-Director

for "In Search of the Dragon's Tale", Hong Kong

Email: dragon@tripod.net

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