Underground Classic ‘To Liv(e)’ Screens At The Hong Kong Arts Centre Cinema

Why We Recommend it

Hong Kong director Evans Chan’s 1992 directorial debut To Liv(e) will be screened free of admission alongside Within Within, a short animated film.


To Liv(e) (Hong Kong, 1992), was inspired by Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann’s 1990 visit to Hong Kong, during which she criticised the way Hong Kong treated Vietnamese refugees.

In To Liv(e), the film’s protagonist, Rubie, composes an angry letter to the actress. Passages from the letter are revealed throughout the movie as Rubie, her friends, and family come to terms with the impending handover to China, and decide whether to remain in Hong Kong or emigrate abroad. It is Evan Chan’s first and best known film.

It will be screened alongside Within Within (2011), a short film created by then 23-year-old Sharon Liu, a Hong Kong-born, London based animation director and illustrator. The short reflects on Liu’s feelings about Hong Kong and its complicated relationship with China.

The films will be screened with English subtitles.



When: 12 May 2018 - 12 May 2018 Where: agnès b. CINEMA, Hong Kong Arts Centre – 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai – Wan Chai