After a three-year break, the Hong Kong Film Festival returns with a tantalising selection of six films from 8 to 11 April, including notable features such as Ivy Ho’s Crossing Hennessyand Yonfan’s Prince of Tears.
Ho’s film, a romantic comedy starring Jacky Cheung and Tang Wei, marks the latter’s return to the big screen after controversy – and an alleged professional ban in China – swirled around her star-making role in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution.
Meanwhile, Prince of Tears is a historical drama by Yonfan, who is no stranger to Singapore after having filmed the 1995 movie Bugis Street here. His latest work, Hong Kong’s entry to the Oscars, centres on the “White Terror” period in 1950s Taiwan, when an anti-Communist campaign rips lives apart.
Directors Ho and Yonfan, whose films open and close the festival, will be in Singapore for special meet-the-fan sessions at select screenings.
The other four films on tap at the festival, to be held at Golden Village VivoCity’s Europa theatre, are the documentary of a musical prodigy KJ: Music & Life, Ann Hui’s drama The Way We Are, the latest animated McDull movie McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten, and the crime thriller Black Ransom, starring Simon Yam.
All films are presented in their original languages; Crossing Hennessy and Prince of Tears are in Mandarin, with the rest of the films in Cantonese.
The festival has been organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore, as well as Golden Village Multiplex. Tickets at $10 are on sale at all GV cineplexes and online at www.gv.com.sg. (GV Movie Club members enjoy a $1 discount.)
Both Crossing Hennessy and Prince of Tears will commence theatrical runs in Singapore from 15 April.
HONG KONG FILM FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
9pm Crossing Hennessy (Opening Film, for invited guests only)
4.30pm Black Ransom
6.30pm Crossing Hennessy (Blog Aloud with Director Ivy Ho)
9.30pm KJ: Music & Life
3.30pm KJ: Music & Life
5.30pm McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten
7.30pm The Way We Are
9.30pm Black Ransom
12.20pm McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten
2.15pm The Way We Are
4.15pm Prince of Tears (Closing Film, Meet & Greet with Director Yonfan)