Ballad on the Shore

Lin-sau Lai (1930-2016), a fishermen singer mastering both Tanka and Hakka ballad.
98 minutes / 2017
Directed by
Chi-hang Ma

Country of production Hong Kong

On the small isle of Tap Mun, Hong Kong, veteran fishermen sing ballads with pitches and tones that alternate and repeat themselves as if they were synchronising with the ocean waves. But as fewer and fewer know the harsh life at sea, these ballads are being forgotten by new generations. This film documents the fisherman’s way of life, and these unique songs - both on the verge of disappearing.

Director Chi-hang Ma and Producer Han Yuk Han Jack will attend the screening and take part in a Q&A.

In the 2019 RAI Film Fest Intangible Culture

Language and subtitles Cantonese, Tanka Dialect

Location(s) depicted Hong Kong

Region Hong Kong

Keywords Hunting / Gathering / Fishing Music / Ethnomusicology

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