Felix Chong dismisses allegations of plagiarism

26 Apr – Hong Kong filmmaker Felix Chong admitted that he felt helpless over allegations that his movie, "Project Gutenberg" was a product of plagiarism.

As reported on Mingpao, the director, whose said movie won Best Film at the Hong Kong Film Awards, admitted that the plagiarism accusation resurfaced because of its recent victory at the said awards.

"There is nothing that I can do about it. The movie won the votes. I don't know how fairer it can be. It is beyond my control," he said.

Felix stated that despite the criticisms and allegations that the film copied the 1995 Hollywood movie, "The Usual Suspects", he is happy that the movie was a success both with the audience and the critics alike.

"I can't worry too much about other things. People have also accused Oliver Chan's movie ["Still Human"] of plagiarising a French film. If you pay too much attention to these allegations, you won't be able to make a movie anymore," he said.

Felix stated that if people are crying plagiarism just because these films have similar subject matter, then there would be a lot of "plagiarised films" out there.

"There are hundreds of films about the transgenders, are you going to accuse all of them of plagiarism as well? It's beyond your control. People have the right to say anything, but you can't pay too much attention to it," he said.