Actor Jackie Chan has said there is no distinction between Chinese and Hong Kong films anymore.

Chan, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was attending a meeting of the conference’s arts group. He made his remarks in Beijing on Monday when asked about films co-produced between Hong Kong and the mainland.

“Now, we don’t say whether a film is a Hong Kong film or a Chinese film – Hong Kong films are Chinese films as well. It’s only about whether you are making local films – like in Shenyang you make Shenyang films, in Shandong you make Shandong films, many of them can’t get out of Shandong or Chaozhou,” he said.

Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan. Photo: i-Cable screenshot.

“There is only one kind of film called Chinese film, like Hong Kong Chinese film. There is local film, and Chinese film. Sometimes when we make Hong Kong films, they are only made for Hong Kong people, but Hong Kong people can also make Operation Red Sea for all Chinese,” he said, referring to the recent movie which earned over HK$3.7 billion at the box office.

“If you make a film about Wong Tai Sin, it may only be shown in Hong Kong – and will not have a good box office results in China, as people do not understand. But if you make something with a bigger perspective, like Operation Red Sea or Wolf Warrior, then you will go global.”

He said he will ask for the cancellation of quota limitations for Hong Kong actors and support staff in co-productions.

But Hong Kong director Philip Yung, whose film Port of Call won seven awards at the Hong Kong Film Award last year, disagreed with Chan.

“You can say we did not make films as good as the past, but you can’t really say we don’t have Hong Kong films anymore, can you?” he wrote on his Facebook page.


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“Let us work harder then – if Hong Kong films are made well, the whole of Greater China will be honoured – is this not the case?” he added.

He posted several posters of renowned old Hong Kong films and said: “Look at these films – our films are always so dignified and colourful…”

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.