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Curtain falling on Hong Kong's film industry amid crackdown

More directors moving to mainland as gloom settles in

"Denise Ho: Becoming the Song" is an American documentary depicting a famous Hong Kong singer's fight for democracy.   © Aquarian Works LLC

TOKYO -- Hong Kong's once vibrant film industry is losing its vitality as the heavy hand of Chinese censorship saps its creativity and puts a growing number of themes off limits.

During its heyday, Hong Kong produced epic movies that caught the eye of film buffs around the world. Locally made martial arts fantasies starring Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan helped define the genre.

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