Via HK URBEX: ‘Miles to Go’ is set in a bleak depopulated Hong Kong, long abandoned by its former inhabitants. The film follows a courier who traverses the barren cityscape to deliver a special package to a mysterious individual…from another time.
When we stood alongside activists amidst showers of tear gas during Occupy Central 佔領中環, we at HK URBEX wondered how we could best use our skills to contribute to the Umbrella Movement. Some of us were journalists reporting news at the time, some delivered water and supplies, and others helped create art pieces. During those long uncertain days we often wondered what kind of Hong Kong we could wake up to the next morning.
But as filmmakers we also wanted to create something that could manifest our feelings towards the powerful street occupation and its eventual demise. Although it has since ended, the movement still lives on, and a few scattered tents and scribbles poignantly remind us that the war is far from over – even though the battle was unfairly lost. Let us not forget that this was all instigated by a young generation who were, and are, not afraid to stand up for what they believe in – a generation who, it was thought, only cared about smartphones and selfies. Even though they could not persuade the uncompromisingly staunch de facto government to modify the political reform proposal even slightly, the movement has nevertheless galvanised and politicised Hong Kong’s youth, and changed the city for good.
This film seeks to encapsulate the spirit of the movement. Even though the main character witnesses the future downfall of the movement, he discovers that everyone steadfastly fights on until the bitter end.
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Exploring forgotten corners of HK where nature is winning…
- Abandoned TV studios near Sai Kung.
- Abandoned Villages in HK’s ‘Wild West’ (Fan Lau).
- Central’s Abandoned Prison and Police Station.
- Fung Hang Semi-Abandoned Village.
- HK’s Abandoned ‘Ghost Island’, Yim Tin Tsai.
- Kuk Po, Part 1: Photos from HK’s Borderzone Ghost Town.
- Kuk Po, Part 2: More Shots from the Abandoned Village Outpost.
- Kuk Po: Part 3: Interview with the Only Villager.
- Kuk Po, Part 4: Plover Cove Abandoned Ghost Town Revisited.
- Lai Chi Wo: The Semi-Abandoned Hakka Walled Village in Plover Cove.
- Luk Keng Chan Uk Semi-Abandoned Village.
- Ma On Shan’s Abandoned Iron Mine Complex.
- Ma Wan Abandoned Town, Part 1.
- Ma Wan Abandoned Town, Part 2.
- MTR Tunnels Under Construction.
- Shing Mun Redoubt, HK’s Secret WWII Tunnels.
- The Creepy Abandoned Holiday Resort of Broken Dreams, Part 1.
- The Creepy Abandoned Holiday Resort of Broken Dreams, Part 2.
- The Half-Submerged Cargo Ship Currently Abandoned off Cheung Chau.
- So Lo Pun: HK’s Ancient ‘Haunted’ Abandoned Village.
- Tung Ping Chau, Part 1: Sunrise on Hong Kong’s Furthest Flung & Wildest Island.
- Tung Ping Chau, Part 2: The Abandoned Hamlets of Hong Kong’s ‘Jumanji Island’.
- Tung Ping Chau, Part 3: The Abandoned Military Base on HK’s Wild Outpost.
- Tung Ping Chau, Part 4: Video discussing HK’s Abandoned, Wild Island Outpost.
- Wanchai’s Abandoned Police Station.
- Yung Shue Au & Sam A Tsuen Ghost Villages