Directed by Dr Zhou He and Yushun Du (Xinhua), this is a jointly produced four-episode documentary on the Independent Commission against
Corruption (ICAC) in Hong Kong by the Department of Media and Communication and the Xinhua Television News
Network. The documentary unveils a 40-year effort to eliminate corruption in Hong Kong
spearheaded by the ICAC. Based on massive historical information and interviews with more
than 40 ICAC officers who have been directly involved in the establishment of the ICAC and
personally handled landmark cases, it traces the history of the anti-graft agency, analyzes the
social and economic root causes of corruption, and depicts an difficult but successful campaign
waged by the entire Hong Kong community to clean up graft.
The documentary has had a noticeable social impact. It was first broadcast by the Xinhua
Television News Network in English, Cantonese and Putonghua to more than 70 cities outside
China in February 2014 and rescreened by the popular online LeTV video channel with the firstweek
hits soaring to No. 1. It was later broadcast by about 100 television stations in China in
Putonghua, Tibetan and Korean. It won the second runner-up award in China’s prestigious
Golden Eagle competition in 2015.
The documentary also drew attention of Wang Qishan, member of the Standing Committee of
Political Bureau, the CPC Central Committee and China’s top leader in the nation-wide anticorruption
campaign, who recommended the documentary to high-ranking officials in the Party’s
disciplinary system. Several law enforcement and Party disciplinary organizations purchased the
documentary as educational material.
The ICAC has purchased 10,000 copies of the documentary and designated it as the official gift
for visitors and the media.
Artistically, this is the first documentary in the Greater China region that has employed a unique
narrative expression with the anchor witnessing the landmark cases across time and space.
This documentary, which targets both the mainland Chinese and overseas audiences, depicts
Hong Kong’s efforts to clean up graft from an international and objective perspective, covering
all the sensitive cases such as the investigation of the former ICAC Commissioner for abusive
use of public funds, the ICAC’s charge against the former Chief Secretary for graft, and the
probe of the former Chief Executive of Hong Kong for taking suspicious gifts.
As the documentary features a great amount of reenactment and shooting in locations as far as
Britain, a large group of students taking Dr. He’s class of multimedia practicum and faculty and
staff members have participated in the production as directors of photography, cinematographers,
video editors, graphic animators, sound specialists, English translators, and actors and actresses.