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Christmas at the Royal Hotel (2018)

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In 1941, Hong Kong was the Casablanca of the East, a city full of war refugees, profiteers and spies. With the sudden attack by Japanese troops, a Canadian soldier's Christmas promise is broken during the Battle of Hong Kong.

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Craig McCourry

Writer:

Craig McCourry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Oram ... Tom
Lydia Lee Tang Lydia Lee Tang ... Mayling
Ashley Leung Ashley Leung ... Lily
Wil Cheung Wil Cheung ... Mr. Cheung
Michael Szuc Michael Szuc ... Martin
Vimal Vaz Vimal Vaz ... Chunmay
Parker Chen Parker Chen ... Bowie
George John Alex George John Alex ... Bell Boy
Nick Daryanani Nick Daryanani ... Charlie
Perrie Kapernaros ... Emma
Jai Day ... British Soldier
Rayve Tay ... Yong (as Rayve Zen)
Jane Choi Jane Choi ... Chinese Refugee
Hiu Ching Li Hiu Ching Li ... Fong
Ines Laimins ... European Lady
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In 1941, Hong Kong was the Casablanca of the East, a city full of war refugees, profiteers and spies. With the sudden attack by Japanese troops, a Canadian soldier's Christmas promise is broken during the Battle of Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong, 1941: In a city full of war refugees, profiteers and spies, a soldier's Christmas promise is broken during the sudden Japanese attack on the British colony.

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Drama | History | War

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Hong Kong

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2018 (Hong Kong) See more »

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McCourry Films See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Amazing work on a indie budget
29 May 2019 | by J_BlackshadowSee all my reviews

Putting together a period piece war drama on a micro budget is no easy task, but that's exactly what Craig McCourry and his crew pulled off.

A small, intimate story set against the backdrop of the biggest war the world would ever know. The production values are a big win for this film. I was amazed at how they were able to put together the world of these people's lives, circa 1941, with costumes and sets to match, on the kind of budget that often would only result in a running through the woods in modern day type of film. When you consider much of the movie was filmed in just a living room, repurposed to be different parts of a historic hotel, then you really have to admire how an indie crew could create from the bottom up what I would expect to see from a bigger budget History Channel production.

Story wise, it's not often that we see the lens focused on the regular people just trying to live their lives when suddenly thrown into such an overwhelming and precarious vet instanced beyond their control. We've all seen the kinds of war movies with epic battles on the beaches or the plucky gang of misfits storming the stronghold. I give a lot of credit to this movie showing us a bit of what it must have been like to try to keep a sense of normalcy while disaster looms just over the horizon. Nice performances from the whole ensemble cast of up and coming, Hong Kong based actors and actresses. I really hope this movie makes onto screens around the world.


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