The Reunion: a new science-fiction story about surveillance in China

“As long as he’s not actually mad, he must still follow patterns of behavior that are reasonable.” “But even if we’re right that he wants to come to the ISC showings, there’s no way the two of us can be at three different theaters at the same time.” All three showings are of the same film: Wong Kar-Wai’s In the Mood for Love..Preoccupied, Ng Lok Tin stares at the qipao-clad woman on the poster..Lights blink around the poster, like robotic stars..He yelps and jumps to his feet..“I’m going to take you where you can see three movie showings at once.” We arrive at the central control room at the Broadway Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei..Here, we can see the real-time data from all three ISC showings visualized in arrays of lights..The other two showings are happening at the Grand Windsor Cinema at Causeway Bay and the Movie Town at Sha Tin New Town Plaza..The staff checks and double-checks all the equipment..A countdown begins on the big command screen as though the place is about to launch a rocket instead of showing an old film about an extramarital affair..The director, known for his protectiveness, won’t allow theaters to modify frames from the original film by adding flashing ISC signals for key scenes..Therefore, the theater has erected electronic call-boards next to the screen to remind the viewers when they should be prepared for scanning..This gives us a chance.. More details

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