Kwan Man Hin’s The Remnant, presented here a HAF work-in-progress project, is the first film to emerge from the Keep Rolling initiative, launched to financially support a selection of Hong Kong titles.
The programme was set up by the Federation of Hong Kong Filmmakers, which comprises nine film industry guilds, during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 to support eight original screenplays with a production grant of $535,500 (HK$4.2m) each. It is supported by the Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust and World Universal Culture.
Produced by Ding Yuin Shan, The Remnant stars Philip Keung (Tracey) as a former gangster boss who comes out of retirement when residents in his poor neighbourhood are threatened with eviction. The cast also includes Fish Liew, from hit features Anita and A Guilty Conscious, and Ling Man Lung.
The Remnant, now in post-production, is one of just two projects selected to date as the pandemic has caused delays to the Keep Rolling programme. A fresh call for original screenplays is scheduled for this summer. Six more projects are expected to be selected.
The second project from the initiative is The Unforgivable Sin, which is expected to go into production this summer. It will be directed by Lam Sen, with Jacqueline Liu as producer.