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Story of Hong Kong Movies: Rivalry between Shaw Brothers and Motion Picture & General Investment

Story of Hong Kong Movies: Rivalry between Shaw Brothers and Motion Picture & General Investment

Date & Time: 27.7.2019 (Sat) 3:00pm-5:00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Central Library (Lecture Theatre, G/F)
Speaker: Prof. CHUNG Po-yin, Stephanie
Organiser: Hong Kong Public Libraries
Remarks: Talk conducted in Cantonese. Free admission. First come, first served.
Enquiry: 2921 0388 (Mon to Fri: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm; 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm, except public holidays)

During the post-war period, the southward influx of film-makers from Shanghai, coupled with the northward inflow of capital from Singapore and Malaysia to Hong Kong, led to the blooming of the film industry and made its days of glory. In particular, the vigorous rivalry between Run Run Shaw who moved to Hong Kong from Singapore and his fellow Singaporean competitor Loke Wan Tho gave birth to their respective film empires “Shaw Brothers” and “Motion Picture & General Investment” (MP & GI) and ushered in the era of grand studio productions in Hong Kong. In addition to multiple high-profile waves of talent poaching, they strived to pioneer the launch of films of similar themes, thus putting them into direct rivalry. With equally unexpected plots, stories at the back of the stage are just as captivating as those on stage.