Bamboo Theatre

A documentary about the bamboo theatre tradition of Hong Kong and the performing troupes that sustain them

A fascinating portrait of a unique cultural space for spirits, ghosts, Gods, and people. While permanent theatres are commonly built in most cosmopolitan modern cities, Hong Kong preserves a unique theatrical architecture, a Chinese tradition that is hundreds of years old – the Bamboo Theatre.​ For his latest film, award-winning documentarian Cheuk Cheung spent more than two years investigating this time-honoured practice, exploring the culture and rituals of remote Hong Kong villages and islands, recording the different ways in which performing troupes work together with local communities to keep the bamboo theatre tradition alive.


About Cheuk Cheung

Cheuk Cheung was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and is the co-founder of A Priori Image.

Cheung directed two documentaries about Chinese Opera (Xiqu) practitioners, My Way (2012) and My Next Step (2015), which were screened at festivals around the world, including London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Bordeaux and Tokyo. He received the Award for Young Artist in Hong Kong Arts Development Awards and a nomination for Best New Director at the Chinese Film Media Awards for My Way. His latest documentary Bamboo Theatre (2019) was nominated for Best Documentary at the 56th Golden Horse Awards and Best New Director at the 39th Hong Kong Film Awards, received the Special Mention Award at the 2019 Hong Kong Film Directors’ Guild Awards, and awarded as a Film of Merit at the 26th Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.

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