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Hong Kong Showcase in Seattle to Celebrate HKSAR 20th Anniversary

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco presented Hong Kong Showcase in Seattle to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Showcase ran from June 29 to July 1, 2017.

At the gala reception before the screening of the opening night film, Mr. Ivanhoe Chang, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco said that he was pleased to present the Showcase to the audience in Seattle with five Hong Kong movie productions to celebrate Hong Kong’s important milestone.

“On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong proudly reunited with our homeland. Under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle, we are part of China but are able to retain a unique identity. Hong Kong continues to be successful as the premier international business center in Asia. Our economy has nearly doubled in size over the past two decades.

“With the full support of the Central Government in Beijing, ‘One Country, Two Systems’ enables Hong Kong to be the first-mover to capture the economic opportunities arising from the reform, development and opening up Mainland China. Other than our pillar economic sectors of trade, financial services, tourism and professional services, new sectors and opportunities have emerged. These include the development of Hong Kong as the largest center for off-shore RMB business, implementation of the Stock Connect programs that enable international investors to access the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock markets, our vibrant innovation and technology start-up ecosystem, wine auction and distribution, arts, culture and creative industries, as well as China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative,” said Mr. Chang.

Hong Kong has a vibrant ecosystem for movies, fashion, design and digital entertainment. Mr. Chang thanked the Seattle International Film Festival for partnering with his office to present five movies of different genres in the Showcase. In addition to two movie classics, “Infernal Affairs” and “Shaolin Soccer”, three recently released productions were included. They are “Cook Up a Storm”, “Weeds on Fire”, and “Mad World”.

Mr. Chang highlighted that “Mad World” and “Weeds on Fire” were produced by two new directors, Wong Chun and Steve Chan. Both won the First Feature Film Initiative, launched by the Hong Kong Government in 2013 to identify and nurture talent through a competition focusing on screenplays and production proposals. The two films received full funding from the Government-financed Film Development Fund. He said it was encouraging to see both films achieved critical acclaim from audiences.

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