BEIJING — Alex Law Kai-yu’s “Echoes of the Rainbow,” a story about a family’s triumph over adversity in 1960s Hong Kong, has been chosen to represent Hong Kong in the foreign-language category at the Oscars.
“It is touching, it is quirky and tells us a story about Hong Kong, how it was in the past and how people can fight fear in the face of great problems. We thought it was the best film of the year, and the acting is great,” said Brian Chung Wai-hung, chief executive of the Hong Kong Motion Picture Industry Association.
The film was produced by Law’s partner, the helmer Mabel Cheung, as well as John Sham, Li Kuo Hsing and Rachel Liu. The pic won the Crystal Bear at this year’s Berlinale.
Main cast includes Simon Yam, Sandra Ng, warbler Aarif Lee, Buzz Chung, who wears a fishbowl on his head for a good part of the pic, and Evelyn Choi.
Among the movie’s backers were Big Pictures, Dadi Entertainment, Sky Cosmos Development and the Hong Kong Film Development Fund.