Cop Strings

Ho Tam

1999, 06:00 minutes, colour


On my last trip to Hong Kong, I was met and cruised by this attractive young man at the airport. I thought he was just one of those travelling business men but soon found out that he was in fact, in the police force and also knew how to play his Chinese instrument (and to play it well). He was a child prodigy who had performed around the world but now made his living as a business man (part-time) and as a policeman (part-time). As a result, I asked him to do a performance for me and this was how this tape got made.
Mixing the old and the new, the public and the personal, we learn unexpected details about a human being and can only imagine the rest.

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Critical Writing

Ho Tam: Season of the Boys
by Mike Hoolboom. Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, 2008. Coach House Books, 2008.