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Hong Kong film-maker Pang Ho Cheung says he only makes movies he wants to see

Director Pang Ho Cheung's Aberdeen is steeped in symbolism, from a giant monster to people in a paper city

Published on May 21, 2014 12:00 PM

Singer-actress Miriam Yeung takes a ride in a car that is made of paper like it is an offering burnt to the spirits. She then steps into a paper apartment also made to be an offering to the gods.

In other scenes, a giant chameleon monster is seen stomping through a paper model of Hong Kong and a massive whale is beached on a shore, drawing a lot of curious onlookers.

Hong Kong director Pang Ho Cheung's latest work, Aberdeen, seems to be loaded with heavy symbolism, if you are so inclined to look for them - and perhaps even when you are not.

That is because there is a camp of moviegoers who see him as the beacon of authentic Hong Kong cinema, as he continues to make films about the Hong Kong experience in an age when the city's film industry players are increasingly heading north to China to make big- budget co-productions.

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Background story

"I just make movies that I would want to watch... I happen to feel for Hong Kong because I was born and raised here."

Director Pang Ho Cheung on why he makes many films about the Hong Kong experience