CHINA ‘Me and my country’ tells stories behind HK’s return to motherland

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‘Me and my country’ tells stories behind HK’s return to motherland

By Han Xiaomeng and Li Bowen | People's Daily app

23:28, August 22, 2019

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The trailer of “Return”, one of the stories of the film "Me and My Country," was  recently released.        The film was directed by seven directors, including Chen Kaige, Zhang Yibai and Xue Xiaolu, with each one of them directing seven different stories. “Return” shows scenes before Hong Kong returned to the motherland on July 1, 1997.

It may be unknown to many people that to make sure the Chinese national flag was raised at precisely midnight on July 1, 1997, China and Britain held 16 rounds of negotiations. Britain insisted on lowering Britain’s flag at precisely midnight on July 1 and China stressed that Britain’s flag must be lowered at 23:59:58 on June 30.

The movie brought the negotiations of the two sides back on the big screen. With the efforts of Chinese diplomats and honor guards, their wish to raise the flag on time was finally realized. Hong Kong police officers were also working hard to fulfill their duties and change the cap badges on time. By telling the stories of ordinary people like Chinese officials, honor guards, Hong Kong police officers and a watchmaker, the movie shows the strong will of  Hongkongers to return to the motherland on time and how hard everyone tried to make this happen.

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