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Hong Kong Happenings Part 2
Scenes of typhoon-torn Hong Kong captured by a local resident.
Amateur film 1937 9 mins Silent
A series of elegiac panning shots taken by an amateur filmmaker reveal the devastation wrought by a typhoon that swept across Hong Kong and nearby islands in September 1937. We are invited to contemplate the damage and admire the resilience of the residents as they clear the debris and start to rebuild their damaged homes.
Contemporary newspaper reports estimate that the disaster resulted in a death toll of around 400 people and that an aid appeal for £1000 was made in the UK to help towards the rebuilding programme.
East Meets West
Documentary 1940 24 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
This intimate study of Hong Kong explores the life and landscape of the former British colony in exquisite detail.
Home movie 1935 18 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
Join a group of ex-pats on a tour around Hong Kong, long before it became defined by its skyscraper skyline.
Amateur film 1938 14 mins Silent Location: Tai Po Road
The famous island is only part of Hong Kong, as this intrepid amateur explorer-cum-filmmaker reveals in this intriguing travelogue.
Home movie 1935 13 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Striking snapshots of life in a colonial outpost in the 1930s.
Amateur film 1938 17 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Christmas decorations jostle for attention among thousands of street signs in this amateur exploration of Hong Kong Island’s busy streets.
Amateur film 1937 8 mins Silent Location: Hong Kong
Poignant amateur footage records the aftermath of one of the worst typhoons in Hong Kong's history.
Detective drama 1944 19 mins
You too can solve the case of the stolen boy, courtesy of this film from 1944.
Public Information Filler 1946 3 mins Location: Woodford
Sorry kids – your parents might never let you out of the house again after watching this bleak 1940s road safety film
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.