Sunday, February 5, 2023


TO MY NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF director Mabel Cheung met the press last night.  As for the controversy the film has caused, Cheung described it as a "piece of forever" and said that the original intent was to share a story about growing up.  As the past 10 years have been Hong Kong's most turbulent, she wanted to share the film with everyone.  She apologized to the team, the students, the alumni and others.

One of the protagonists in TO MY NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF, Ah Ling, showed Ming Pao Weekly Culture the documentary consent her parents signed in 2012.  (The photo has been redacted for names, signatures, and for privacy)  Ah Ling in her writing claimed that after the school, the director and the producer failed to persuade her for the film to participate in a film festival, the official copy of the notice was shown to her for the first time.  "What I thought for years was a simple notice 
turned out to be an agreement that stated the terms in detail."  Ah Ling in her writing claimed that the school, the director and the producer said, if she continued to hinder the release she might bear the legal responsibilities

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Director Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting's documentary film TO MY NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD SELF (CUP SUP GAU SHUI DIK NGOR) recently got into trouble. Two of the students in the film "Ah Sheh" Sheh Lai Mei and "Ah Ling" Wong Cheuk Ling both have expressed displeasure at the film, the production team and the school. Ah Ling accused the film and the school of ignoring her wishes and insisted on releasing the film. Ah Sheh was upset with the film's production method. However because they felt that objecting would be useless, they both signed the agreement and attended the promotional events.

In addition, the Hong Kong women cycling athlete Sarah Lee Wai Sze blasted Cheung Yuen Ting for putting her interview into the movie without her knowledge. She only found out from fans and said that the interview was conducted after the January 2016 Asian Women's Track Cycling Championship in Japan. At the time she thought it was a general media post race interview. The interviewer never mentioned the purpose of the interview. She only thought that the content of the questions was odd as it was unrelated to the race. She also has asked for assistance in the matter; but because Hong Kong has no image rights and since the video belonged to Cheung Yuen Ting, it being in the film did not violate any law. Lee Wai Sze said, "Since it hasn't violated any law, does that mean it's right? Since it hasn't broken any law, do you not need to ask for consent?" She also said, "I believe everyone would have an idea on why I would 'exist' in the film. I wouldn't watch this movie, and I wouldn't encourage you to either."

Cheung Yuen Ting yesterday during an audience appreciation event said that the film starting today (the 6th) would suspense its run, as she hoped to clear all issues before making further arrangements.

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