On the 2nd of July 2012 the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office in conjunction with the Terracotta Far East Film Festival organisers held a festival of some fifteen films to celebrate the 15 years since the handover of Hong Kong to China.
Featuring films from the Shaw Brothers era and up to date new releases the festival which continued to the 14th of July was held at the Odeon Cinema at 135 Shaftsbury Avenue London.
K.I.T.G. where present at some of the screenings to cover the event.
Program cover ( above)
A Simple Life - by Ann Hui
Big Blue Lake - by Jessey Tsang Tsui-Shan
White Vengeance - by Daniel Lee
Life Without Principle - by Johnnie To
The Bounty - by Fung Chi Chiang
The Detective 2 - by Oxide Pang
East Meets West 2011 - by Jeffrey Lau
Wu Xia - by Peter Chan
Made In Hong Kong - by Fruit Chan
When Beckham Met Owen - by Adam Wong
Infernal Affairs - by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak
Sparrow - by JohnnieTo
Dream Home - by Pang Ho-cheung
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin - by Liu Chia-Liang
One Armed Swordsman - by Chang Cheh
Films covered or to be covered on site in individual reviews are as follows
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin - 1978
The One Armed Swordsman - 1967
Wuxia - 2011
White Vengenace - 2011
The Bounty - 2012
Films Being Reviewed for our sister site include :
Life Without Principle - 2011
Sparrow - 2008
The Detective - 2008 ( Shown instead of Detective 2 due to unavailability)
Made in Hong Kong - 1997
A Simple Life - Ann Hui - 2011
Opening Film sells out
The film that started off the festival was one i was curious about ,unfortunately tickets sold out before you new it and we where unable to attend ,we will cover the film on site in a review as soon as our copy of the DVD arrives from Hong Kong.
Starring Andy Lau and Deanie Yip in a film about the relationship between a young master and his servant and how in Old age the servant needs help from the young Master . What's also interesting is that Deanie Yip is Andy Lau's godmother.
Also Sammo Hung has a cameo in the film and if you remember Deanie Yip and Sammo starred opposite each other in Dragons Forever.
The 5th of July was to play host to the screening of ''The Detective 2'' but due to the film now turning up in time ,''The Detective'' even though having seen the film a couple of times , i stayed and watched it again on the big screen , The Detective stars Arron Kwok as a private eye working in Thailand ,he becomes obsessed with finding a girl when a man comes to him for help ,what he doesn't realise is the trouble that will come of it and how at every corner he will be faced by misery.
Directed by Oxide Pang (The Eye) the film is one that will have you thinking you have seen it all ,then five minutes later it will baffle you then again and again and again.
If you have not seen the Detective then it's available in the UK from Terracotta Distribution and all good DVD retailers.
Johnnie To is probably one of the most prolific directors of our time, his films deal with so many issues from Tough Thrillers to pieces that are more a tribute to film makers of yesteryear. His 2004 Film ''Throwdown '' was a tribute to not only Judo Master Jigoro Kano but also Japanese Director Akira Kurosawa who touched on the subject in his first directorial the 1943 film Sanshiro Sugata.
Sparrow is another film from Johnnie To which will have you thinking can this man fail at amazing you. Sparrow follows a bunch of Pickpockets ( Sparrows - pickpockets who are good at what they do) who all fall for a beautiful woman, what they don't know is how she is connected to a Syndicate led by a old Boss who is the bee's knee's of Pickpockets . Kept against her will the young lady is held captive in Hong Kong & followed all the time .
When our intrepid team led by Simon Yam try and help they end up with more then they bargained for.
On another note one of the writers of the story was Fung Chih Chiang who directed ''The Bounty''.
K.I.T.G. once again viewed the DVD of the film for the purpose of this festival.
SPARROW is released in the UK by Terracotta Distribution and available from most good DVD retailers.
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Starring Hong Kong Comedian Chapman To ,who has featured in some of Hong Kong's most famous films from Infernal Affairs to Legend of the Fist and Triple Tap. Joining him is Hong Kong Singer and Actress Fiona Sit. The film is written and directed by Fung Chih Chiang ( his first full solo direction) ,Fung has been responsible for the screenplay of films like Shaolin Soccer ,Sparrow and Legendary Assassin.
The story follows that of Cho ( Chapman To) a Hong Kong low rent Bounty hunter ,he becomes embroiled in in a story when he goes after a 400'000 $ bounty on a man who had previously blinded a young bride .The film also stars 80's legend Alex Man in a type of role you would have not seen him in before ,also look out for Michael Hui in a small role to.
The screening which took place on the 12th of July at the Odeon Covent Garden also played host to the Director and assistant director ( who happened to be in London on the day of the showing) stage to introduce and talk about the film afterwards.
The film drew quite a crowd ,even thought the showing was quite early on a week day, with many people braving the wet weather to see this film on the big screen.
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Director Fung Chih Chiang on stage with his assistant director and Joey Leung the festival director.
For those that stayed for the interview ,it was a interesting view of how the film came together.
It's great to see Asian cinema on the big screen, so when the festival was announced we here at K.I.T.G. where ecstatic. Whats more it's amazing that such a festival was arranged in just a month. Congratulations must go to Joey Leung of Terracotta Distribution and Agnes Allcock ,the Director General for the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office in London to organising the event.
The venue was good and the prices kept to a reasonable amount (considering what you can pay to view films in the West End) , this made it possible for aficionados who wanted to view a range of films without taking out a mortgage on their house to do so.
It's very true what Joey Leung had to say at the end ,we don't get enough Asian films in UK cinemas ,to many picture houses pander to the American market, but what many fail to realise is that in the UK we have more a connection to Hong Kong and there film then we do the Americans, Language should never be the barrier, if Multiplexes showed more varied selection of world cinema people may take note and step outside of their comfort zone of the latest sequel to the sequel of that Blockbuster form years back and they may be surprised to see what Asian cinema can bring to the mix whether it be from Hong Kong,Japan,Korea ,Thailand or Indonesia.
We wait with baited breath for the next festival of Asian films so we can once again be swept back in our seats and leave the cinema with a lasting impression on our minds.
Sertes Nake. July 15th 2012