Just in case you were one of the five Hongkongers to miss it in its original run, Ten Years, the controversial award-winning film that shook up Hong Kong with its bleak visions of the city’s future, is now available to stream on Netflix.
The news was announced by the film’s distributors Golden Scene on their Facebook page.
The low-budget indie film was released in December 2015 in one cinema in Hong Kong and somehow managed to outperform Star Wars Episode IV: The Force Awakens, which was released on the same day, at that particular box office. It later went on to win the award for best film at the 2016 Hong Kong Film Awards, prompting mainland broadcasters to either refuse to air the awards ceremony, or to cut the broadcast short before the winning film was announced.
Ten Years is an anthology film comprised of five short vignettes that imagine what Hong Kong will look like in the year 2025.
The bleak scenes in the film included taxi drivers being forced to pass a Mandarin-proficiency test, an activist setting herself alight in front of the British Consulate, and Hong Kong children dressed in military uniforms and policing adults like the “Red Guards” from China’s Cultural Revolution.
In 2017, it was announced that Japanese, Thai, and Taiwanese spin-offs of the film would be in the works.