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A Gate of China
A Gate of China

A Gate of China 1927

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A Gate of China 1927

9 mins United Kingdom

Hong Kong is a land of extreme contrasts: its geography and architecture, its business and demographics. This British Instructional documentary captures these contrasts beautifully, with its jaw-dropping photography (if not its rather colonialist intertitles). The view down the teeming hillside street, flanked by high-rise balconies glimpsing the domestic lives within, is simply stunning.

The film offers a brief history of the colonisation of Hong Kong from the perspective of 1920s Britain, focusing on the various developments made to the island under British control - the building of dwellings, business-houses, law courts, municipal buildings, churches and roads. It also describes the constant struggle to reclaim the land from the encroaching China Sea, and protect the island from formidable typhoons.

Genres

Documentary

Tags

Hong Kong

Collection

Hong Kong - Fragrant Harbour

Released

1927

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

Production company

British Instructional Films

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