Piracy's a crime, but when it comes to diamonds ...

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 August, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 August, 2004, 12:00am

A select group of Hongkongers had an opportunity to catch two unusual no-cameras-allowed premieres at the Film Archive in Sai Wan Ho on Monday night. First came a new anti-piracy trailer. Then came, meow, Catwoman.

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) organised the screenings to introduce the trailer to the media and 50 or so supporters of the anti-piracy effort. The moviegoers among you will soon be seeing jolting images of crime caught on tape, and a message that targets our law-abiding scruples. You wouldn't snatch a purse, steal a car, walk into Blockbusters and shove a DVD down your shirt, so why would you buy or download pirated movies? It's a crime, too!

CitySeen salutes the noble, difficult effort of the MPA, the Customs board and others involved in battling piracy. But we identify a bit more with Halle Berry's Catwoman as she wrestles her instinct to do good with the desire to be naughty - and hold on to that diamond necklace she accidentally cat-burgled from Tiffany's.