A Road Movie is Impossible in Hong Kong

Tiffany Sia

2021 | 00:30:00 | Hong Kong SAR China | Chinese, English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | Video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Landscape, Travel

A weeklong, episodic live-streamed landscape film that attempts to reimagine the genre of a road movie in Hong Kong. Each of the seven short films begin at exactly at the moment of the official sunrise in Hong Kong. Inspired by a series of personal correspondence from 2016 and a lecture by Hong Kong film critic and programmer Clarence Tsui at Hong Kong Baptist University, A Road Movie Is Impossible in Hong Kong takes up the provocation that a road movie is impossible in Hong Kong. Tsui's lecture on the sociopolitical circumstances upon filmmaking began with a challenge that a "road movie," an American cinema trope, is not translatable to Hong Kong. Each hike begins at various points across the island. Each walk affords a new view, and some repeating views, observing the regularity and repetition of sea traffic, birdsong on the island, and whirring of the wind turbine and power station. There is a voice behind the camera as it broadcasts, breathing. Originally presented at Artists Space, New York.

Each short film is approximately 30 minutes. 

English and Cantonese. 

Available for educational use. Please contact VDB for screening and exhibition requests. 

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Artists Space
New York

Exhibitions + Festivals

Closer, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2022

Scoring the Words, Seoul Museum of Art, 2022

Slippery When Wet, Artists Space, 2021 (Premier)