A new drama to be titled ‘Love between Beijing and Hong Kong’ is scheduled to begin airing on CCTV at the beginning of 2015, and will reportedly take a hand at documenting the ever-rocky relationship between Hong Kong and mainland residents.
Qiushi Journal along with the Southern Media Group are teaming up to produce the television series “about love and friendship between the city’s residents and their neighbors across the border”.
The series will air on CCTV’s Channel 1, according to Lu Huasheng, an art director at Qiushi’s film and TV center.
“The mainland and Hong Kong were separated for more than 100 years. We want to connect people from the two regions,” Lu said. “Politics is not enough. It’s too stiff and Hongkongers don’t want to accept at the political values from the mainland. So we think culture and entertainment are closer to everyday life, and can better connect people”.
A cast has not yet been decided upon, but Lu said the production will include recognizable Hong Kong faces.
Earlier this month, an example of the continually-rising animosity between many Hong Kong and mainland residents was showcased in headlines when a professor at the City University of Hong Kong was reportedly demanded by mainland students to use Mandarin while teaching in a Cantonese-language course.
However, mainland students later denied these reports, and expressed their worries over becoming “a punching bag of worsened Mainland-Hong Kong relationships”.
We imagine the show will at least fare better by mainland standards than ‘Inbound Troubles’, a Hong Kong TV program that debuted in February and featured a reckless mainland character who reveled in “littering, running red lights and parking illegally”.
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