VIDEO – HK’s Most Quaint & Delightful Public Service Ads from the 80s 13


Having previously showcased some of today’s most bizarre government ads, what better way to understand the Hong Kong Zeitgeist of yesteryear than exploring some old Public Service Announcements from HK’s colonial overseers…

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Ever been called a ‘stupid twit’ by your government? Let’s kick off with this Mr Bean-esque anti-litter ad…

…A cockney thief on the loose in colonial HK…

…An adorable song to encourage us all to love our country parks. [Warning: Video is extremely wholesome and saccharine – you may have to digest some disgusting hardcore porn afterwards just to offset the unbridled sugary elation.]…

…and another on the same topic. To quote old-time warbler Barbra Streisand, ‘was it all so simple then?’…

…WOMEN! Apply for your ID card (featuring a montage of lovely buffont-wielding 80s ladies)…

…The newly-formed ICAC kicks some expat ass. Sort your shit out Gweilo! (Here’s another very famous anti-corruption PSA)…

…A classic anti-drugs campaign, seemingly against paracetamol…

Finally, just for fun, here’s the most 80’s video in the world – the closedown sequence for TVB in full 8-bit glory, featuring Her Majesty, the National Anthem and night-long musak!… Stiff upper lip! Try not to get all bleary eyed now…