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Outspoken Hong Kong actor keeps up support for pro-democracy protests

Chapman To criticizes film industry for abandoning local culture in favor of China

Hong Kong actor-director Chapman To's controversial political positions have made him an outcast in the mainland China movie industry. (Photo by Yasuo Awai)

HONG KONG -- For at least one actor in this city famous for the glorious pursuit of wealth, making movies is not only about the money.

Chapman To Man-chak is best known in Hong Kong for his advocacy of Cantonese-language films and outspoken support of pro-democracy protests. In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, the 45-year-old actor and director criticized other Hong Kong film industry veterans as "too busy shining China's shoes" and "not giving way to younger filmmakers" in Hong Kong.

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