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Films From Hong Kong

“I entered this condemned city [Fengjie] with my camera and I witnessed demolitions and explosions. In the roaring noise and fluttering dust, I gradually felt that life really could blossom in brilliant colours even in a place with such desperation.” - filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke Fengjie's old town ... Read more
When director Shu Kei was invited to contribute an episode to a weekly television documentary series for Japan's NHK Television, he proposed a documentary on Hou Dejian, the singer/song-writer who defected from Taiwan to mainland China in 1983. ... That project was abandoned, however, after the ... Read more
Hong Kong's film industry continues to throw up surprises and new talents, and few in recent years have been as surprising and talented as Tsui Hark whose first feature The Butterfly Murders has been described as one of the most spectacular directorial debuts of the year. ... The new epoch, at the ... Read more
... ... From the director of Homecoming (MIFF 84) and Red Dust (I990)-Yim Ho one of the leaders of the 80s Hong Kong resurgence-comes a grip­ping Chabrol-esque thriller, winner of the top prize at the Tokyo Film Festival last September. ... ... ... "When Guan Jian tries to report a suspected ... Read more
The Chinese film industry keeps producing new surprises, and low budget, independent productions are the latest. Made in black and white for only US $77,000, The Days is 29 year old Wang Xiaoshuai's first film. However, if the Chinese regime has its way it will also be his last. Enraged, they have ... Read more
These days Hong Kong movies are full of figures from the past transplanted into the present, causing mayhem at every turn. The most hyped product of the genre is The Terra Cotta Warrior, but The Iceman Cometh has twice the pace, twice the wit and much zappier action climaxes - and it's a lot sexier ... Read more
THE KILLER is a prime example of the type of filmmaking at which the Hong Kong film industry is most adept. With clear nods at the gamut of film genres from the thriller to the melodrama, writer and director John Woo has distilled a veritable pot-pourri of themes, styles and forms culled from a ... Read more
Fruit Chan is back! The young HK Chinese director who captivated MIFF audiences last year with his dazzling Made in Hong Kong returns with an epic crime thriller set during the lead up to the hand-over. A band of disaffected soldiers, dumped by the British army stationed in Hong Kong once they ... Read more
Hong Kong is well represented at the 1980 festival, and one of its three features is a debut film by a young former TV director, Ann Hui. She demonstrates here the new stylistic and technical awareness of the younger generation of Cantonese directors. ... Based on a murder case that occurred in ... Read more
The Valiant Ones was made in Taiwan by Chinese film-maker King Hu, who has already directed A Touch of Zen, and The Fate ot Lee Khan. His latest film is set in the sixteenth century. Japanese pirates join with Chinese pirates to plunder coastal areas of mainland China. The inept Ming Emperor ... Read more
Political allegory runs riot in this breathless Hong Kong action pic derived from the Japanese manga animated feature of the same name. A prime example of how 1997 paranoia runs deep through every aspect of HK culture, the film sets up a man-against-monster-in-a-doomed-city scenario - no prizes for ... Read more
[Three... Extremes] is a chilling, top-shelf anthology, featuring three short 'horror' films directed by perennial MIFF faves Park Chan-wook, Miike Takashi and Fruit Chan. ... "Park's [Cut] ranks as the director's best work to date. A famous director and his pianist wife are held hostage by a ... Read more
Two men abseil down the side of a highnse firing machine guns at one another like Banshnikovs possessed by the spirit of Clint Eastwood. No one but no one does action cinema like Tsui Hark. Returning to Hong Kong after an obligatory stint in Hollywood, Hark has exceeded expectations with Time and ... Read more
"Music, dance and a gentle dash of romance are the crowdpleasing ingredients of Touch of the Light." – Variety ... In the heart of modern Taiwan, two young artists find themselves cast adrift. Huang, a blind pianist, struggles to adapt in the prestigious arts college he has been accepted ... Read more
A man wakes up, he goes to work. Everywhere he goes to he encounters pollution. By taking this psychedelic 'trip' into a surreal world you are reminded and even warned to protect the environment. ... Read more
“The beginning, middle and end of Triangle are directed by three different directors… it is like tasting an exquisite dish with three different flavors.” - Pusan Film Festival ... Combining the might of Hong Kong's most celebrated filmmakers - Johnnie To (Election, MIFF 05), Tsui Hark ... Read more
Vengeance (Baochou) Hong KongTake John Boorman's classic revenge drama Point Blank and transplant it to northern China in 1925. After Chinese opera player Guan Yulou is murdered by a group of criminal conspirators, his brother Xiaolou (David Chiang) arrives in town to wage a one-man war against ... Read more
“Lewd, crude and flat-out hilarious.” - Twitch ... Coming from the island that brought us the blockbuster hit 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy, this parody of the Hong Kong film industry lives up to the expectations of such distinguished cinematic company. Holding court in a theatre full of film ... Read more
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian di ying xiong) China/Hong KongKongChina in the 7th century: a country in the throes of the fearsome Tang dynasty. A Japanese warrior, Lai Xi, has served the Chinese emperor for 20 years and is desperate to return to his beloved homeland. He will be granted passage ... Read more
The Wild, Wild Rose (1960) is an energetic rendering of Bizet's famous opera Carmen. Transported to the nightlife district in Hong Kong, the classic tale of temptation and jealousy is given a film noir treatment by director Wong Tin Lam. Deng (played by the exquisite Grace Chang) is a fiery ... Read more
Hong Kong hitman, Bart, has fallen on hard times. He has been forced to take on assassinations at bargain basement prices and even stoops to some questionable practices, shonky even by killer-for-hire standards. ... Called upon to bump off the boyfriend of a wealthy socialite, his client also ... Read more
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