Hong Kong

Johnnie To & Ka-Fai Wai – Sau sun nam nui AKA Love on diet (2001)

Synopsis
A depressed, obese woman tries to lose weight in order to win back her ex-boyfriend with the help of a fellow Hong Konger whom she met in Japan. Read More »

Ka-Fai Wai – Joi sun ho AKA Written By (2009)

Synopsis
A lawyer who is killed in a car accident finds himself resurrected as a character in his daughter’s novel. Read More »

Herman Yau – Deng hou dong jian hua fa la AKA From the Queen to the Chief Executive (2001)

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Beginning in 1997 with television footage of the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region being sworn into office, we next see an appeal being made to the Chief Executive. The story then swiftly backtracks to 1985. We follow three people whose lives will intersect 12 years later: Yue-ling, Mr. Leung, and Ming. Yue-ling is a teenage girl suffering from loneliness and abuse; Mr. Leung is helping factory workers protest unfair working conditions, and Ming is a teenage boy caught up in a horrific crime. Fast-forward to early 1997, and we discover that Yue-ling has grown into a young woman fascinated by the prose of a young man who turns out to be a prisoner. That prisoner is Ming. Read More »

Liang Ying – A Family Tour (2018)

NYFF wrote:
Since his 2012 feature When Night Falls, a stinging critique of state power that the Chinese authorities attempted to suppress, the director Ying Liang has been forced to live in exile in Hong Kong. His return to feature filmmaking is a characteristically precise and powerful work, and an autobiographical one, inspired by his own precarious situation and based on a reunion with his in-laws. Read More »

Chih-Hung Kuei – Gu AKA Bewitched (1981)

In 1981 the Shaw Brothers began to take their terror titles more seriously than ever before and the result was the special effects filled freak show BEWITCHED! Unleashed in HD for the very first time, this sinister and stylish scary movie treat transports its tale of possession and ghostly provocations to Thailand with some scenic shots of Bangkok and a palpable sense of the Southeast Asian country’s reputation for sex, sin and burning sun. You can positively smell the sweat and feel the heat in this suspenseful shocker that has a Hong Kong local experience ghoulish visions and excruciating body horror whilst trying to unravel a mysterious murder. Read More »

Ann Hui – Woo Yuet dik goo si AKA The Story of Woo Viet (1981)

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Hong Kong, 1980. The Vietnam War has been over for five years and the ethnic cleansing of Chinese has begun. As the “boat people”, refugees of Vietnam, flood out of the country, Hong Kong becomes know as “port of first asylum”. Among these boats is Wu Yiet (Chow Yun-Fat), a former South Vietnamese soldier still recovering from the ravages of war. For him, Hong Kong is the first step for life in the United States, and he soon falls for fellow immigrant Sum Ching (Cherie Chung). Yet the promise of a new beginning doesn’t come easy: the refugee camps have been infiltrated by murderous Viet Cong agents, and an act of violence forces Wu Yiet on the run and deeper into a vortex of crime and brutality. Read More »

Yimou Zhang – Ying xiong AKA Hero [Director’s Cut] (2002)

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In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin’s three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory. Read More »