The winner of one of Asia's top film awards is a controversial low-budget movie that cost approximately $70,000 to make and outstripped "Star Wars" in Hong Kong with its depiction of the former colony under stricter Chinese control.
"Ten Years," which on Sunday picked up the Best Film at the 35th Hong Kong's Film Awards, depicts Hong Kong in 2025 completely under mainland China's control.
It imagines a Hong Kong where Cantonese is replaced by Mandarin, and includes scenes with children in uniform policing adults, reminiscent of the child Red Guards of China's violent 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, reports the BBC.
"'Ten Years' exposed the fear of Hong Kong people (towards China)," said one of the film's directors, Chow Kwun-wai, according to the BBC.
Unsurprisingly, the movie has been banned in mainland China.