In Search of the Dragon's Tale

Haymann Lau and Stuart Rankin

1997, 48:00 minutes, colour, Cantonese w/ English subtitles


'In Search of the Dragon's Tale' follows the story of a handicapped street musician, Maurice Chan, as he explains what life is like for him in Hong Kong. In the process we go on a journey back in time to the Walled City of Kowloon.

Once dubbed the 'sleaziest' place in Hong Kong, it was an island of Chinese sovereignty within the British colony. As a result of a secret political compromise between the Chinese and British Governments the Walled City was destroyed in 1992. This decision resulted in the displacement of the Walled City's 40,000 residents. The documentary gives the story of modern day Hong Kong from a personal viewpoint and shows historical links to a place the authorities preferred to forget.

'In Search of the Dragon's Tale' is the first serious documentary on the Walled City.
Featuring never-before-seen video footage and photos, as well as on-camera interviews, it underscores the tenacity of the human spirit to rise above conditions that were as one journalist put it, worse than we can imagine.

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Critical Writing

Tearing down the Walls: Arts
by Wendy Kan. South China Morning Post, Aug. 28, 1997.