Magazine article Screen International

Hong Kong International Film Festival to Celebrate 20 Years of Post-Handover Hong Kong Cinema

Magazine article Screen International

Hong Kong International Film Festival to Celebrate 20 Years of Post-Handover Hong Kong Cinema

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This year's Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) will mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from Britain to China with a special focus on major Hong Kong movies of the past 20 years.

The section, 'Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema', kicks offwith films such as Fruit Chan's Made In Hong Kong and Ringo Lam's Full Alert from the period immediately after the handover, when local cinema was under pressure with box office declining and the mainland market starting to grow.

It then moves on to landmark titles such as Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer (2001), Andrew Lau and Alan Mak's Infernal Affairs [pictured] (2002) and Johnnie To's Election (2005), which all defined Hong Kong cinema in their own way.

The series of 20 titles ends with Pang Ho-cheung's Love In A Puff(2010) and Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmaster 3D (2013). The focus also includes a seminar with experts on Hong Kong cinema such as Lam Kam-po, Colin Geddes and Stephen Teo.

Elsewhere in the programme, Taiwanese filmmaker Giddens Ko's Mon Mon Mon Monsters, about a group of teenagers who capture a man-eating monster, will close the festival, which as previously announced will open with the third film in Pang's 'Love' trilogy, Love OffThe Cuff. …

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