The 3rd Hong Kong Film Festival (HKFF) is now back in Kuala Lumpur from 17 March – 20 March 2011. The festival was brought exclusively by Golden Screen Cinemas and again was organised by 988 and Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office (HKETO). Movie screening will be held at The GSC Mid Valley, GSC Pavillion KL and GSC 1Utama.
What’s interesting in this year’s festival is that Hong Kong Cinema fan will get a free admission to catch six famous movies from the 80′s, 90′s and 2000′s, while five more movies from the year 2010 will also be available with only RM5 of price ticket. The Free Complimentary Pass Coupon for the free admission movies are available here.
Themed with ‘My Favourite Hong Kong Movies‘ and ‘New Hong Kong Movies In 2010‘s’ HKFF will present 12 movies including Police Story, A Better Tomorrow, Fight Back To School, Marriage To A Liar, Break Up Club, Gallants and Quattro Hong Kong among others. Please see below for the complete list of the movies in the 3rd Hong Film Festival (HKFF) 2011 in Kuala Lumpur.
MY FAVOURITE HONG KONG MOVIES
POLICE STORY (1985)*FREE ADMISSION*
Considered a Hong Kong classic, Police Story marks Jackie Chan’s initial foray into the big-time, stunt-filled action movies that become his trademark. Chan plays a honest, self-effacing cop Chan Ka-Kui assigned to protect Salina, whose key testimony could bring down drug baron Chu. However, the witness manages to get away from Ka-Kui. With no evidence against him, Chu is set free. Chu goes on a vendetta to frame Ka-Kui for a murder. Ka-Kui goes on the run and, with time running out, must quickly find and save Salina from being killed, as well as prove his own innocence. Police Story has been acclaimed for its amazing stunt works. There’s plenty of action and physical comedy. The movie shows off Chan’s generous comic persona to the fullest. For Jackie Chan fans, this is not only a must-see but also a must-have collectible.
A BETTER TOMORROW (1986)*FREE ADMISSION*
Mark (Chow Yun-fat), a man of honour in a world of dishonour. As the sidekick to his former gang brother Tse-ho (Ti Lung, Blood Brothers), Mark finds himself out of favour when his boss is sent to the slammer. Ho comes out of jail repentant and is determined to turn over a new leaf for the sake of his policeman brother, Kit, (Leslie Cheung, Farewell To My Concubine) but his old arch enemy is equally determined to take him out of the picture.
FIGHT BACK TO SCHOOL (1991)*FREE ADMISSION*
A member of the Flying Tiger Squad, Sing, is sent to school as an undercover cop to find the Commissioner’s lost gun. To Sing, school is nowhere better than jail. He is suffering until he comes across the school Social Worker Miss Ho. Sing’s school life is thus painted with more colors. Finally, Sing settles every problem and succeeds in finding the lost gun. At the same time, he destroys a munitions smuggling activity. This leads the smugglers to school to take revenge. A group of students is being kept hostage. Sing shows his true colors by saving all the students. This not only wins his students’ admiration but also Miss Ho’s Heart.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA (1991)*FREE ADMISSION*
Once Upon A Time In China is the film that defined Jet Li (Lethal Weapon 4, Romeo Must Die) as an action star destined for the international stage. His definitive kung fu and the vivid imagery of Tsui Hark (Peking Opera Blues, Swordsman II) make this a true classic of the genre. A more contemporary take on the evergreen tale of wise kung-fu master and purveyor of justice Huang Fei Hong (Jet Li), OUATIC is set in 1875 China when hostilities between the Chinese and the invading foreigners are simmering to a boil. Huang and his disciples take on the unscrupulous dealers who are trying to entice gullible Chinese into slavery in America and save his Aunt Yee (Rosamund Kwan) who is in danger of being shipped off to be a prostitute. Tsui Hark raises the bar on martial arts epics with OUATIC via imaginative technology and thrilling choreography. This created successful sequels – don’t be caught without this classic!
INFERNAL AFFAIRS (2002)*FREE ADMISSION*
The setting is the never-ending war between the police and the Triads of Hong Kong. Chan is a cop who’s been assigned to undercover work inside the Triads for so long that he’s been able to rise through the ranks to a position of some authority. Lau, meanwhile, is a secret member of the Triads who has infiltrated the police force with an equal level of success. As they feed their bosses information on the plans and counter-plans of the organizations they pretend to serve, they both begin to feel the stresses of their double lives as they become torn between the oppressive obligations they owe to their superiors and the growing camaraderie they share with the foot soldiers around them. As the two organizations become increasingly aware of the moles in their midsts, the race is on for Chan and Lau to try and get out of the game alive.
IP MAN (2008)*FREE ADMISSION*
Behind every great man there lies a teacher, and this was certainly true of Bruce Lee, who claimed as his mentor a martial arts expert named Ip Man (1893-1972). A genius of Wushu (or the Chinese martial arts school), Ip Man grew up in a China nearly ripped to pieces by racial hatred, nationalistic strife, and warfare. He rose like a phoenix above these ashes, however, courtesy of his participation in matches against various Wushu masters and kung fu warriors — ultimately training martial arts icons such as Lee. This biopic from director Wilson Yip dramatizes Ip’s life story.
NEW HONG KONG MOVIES IN 2010′S
BREAK UP CLUB (2010)*RM5 ONLY*
Have you just been dumped? What if there was a website that could get your loved one back? There is! It’s called BreakupClub.asia. All you have to do is break up another couple that is happily in love. Just fill in their names, and voila! Would you do it? Our hero Jaycee is at the computer, about to press [ENTER]… Ever since he told the director, Barbara Wong about the Breakup Club website, Jaycee has been filming to prove the existence of the website. And unknown to him, both his best friend and the director have been filming him secretly… Through multiple first-person point of view and blending the real with the fictional by featuring real people including the director and crew as themselves, we watch Jaycee find and lose, and perhaps find love again…
GALLANTS (2010)*FREE ADMISSION*
Weedy office worker Cheung is sent to a remote village to secure property rights for his real estate company. Two martial artists run the village’s teahouse, which was once the kung-fu school of their teacher Master Law. Law is in fact lying unconscious upstairs in a three decades-long coma, but he awakes when gym boss and local landlord Pong attempts to secure the teahouse for redevelopment. Law mistakes Cheung for a former student and starts training him in preparation for a martial-arts tournament at Pong’s gym that will decide all their fates.
LOVER’S DISCOURSE (2010)*RM5 ONLY*
A series of relationships and the tales of love and lost. Lovers indulge in the discourse of flirting with the ones who makes our hearts flutter and fighting against the conventions of love. The film will portray bittersweet segments of couples and family members and close friends going through various stages of love and betrayal and redemption.
MARRIAGE WITH A LIAR (2010)*RM5 ONLY*
Kiki (Chrissie Chau), a sexy and charming office lady, will be married to her cop boyfriend Sean (Him Law) in a week. During the hens night organized by her close friends Cheryl (Jacquelin Ch’ng) and Mon (Charmaine Fong), Kiki encounters a photographer named Jack (Z.O.) who just returns to Hong Kong from overseas and falls head over heels for him. Jack is handsome and romantic in short, her Mr. Right. The half drunk Kiki cannot resist having a one-night stand with him.
ALL ABOUT LOVE (2010)*RM5 ONLY*
Anita (Vivian Chow) meets 19-years-old Mike (William Chan) online, and gets pregnant unexpectedly after their first date and one-night stand. She is torn between having an abortion and keeping the baby. Macy (Sandra Ng), a lawyer by profession, is bi-sexual and fears commitment. Her two good friends Eleanor (Joey Meng) and Wai Wai (Jo Koo) are eager to find a loving partner for her. Robert (Eddie Cheung) runs an investment company next door to Macy’s office. His wife sues him for domestic violence and demands a divorce. Robert hires Macy to defend him in court. Macy counsels Robert on his chauvinism. She succeeds in helping him win back his wife’s love and they settle out of lawsuit. At the same time, Macy finds out she is pregnant with Robert’s baby. Macy and Anita meet when they sign up for counseling courses at (Mother’s Choice). Despite 12 years of separation, they rekindle their passion for each other. Should they abort their babies or deliver them? Macy and Anita both find it hard to make a decision. Macy is still afraid to commit to a lasting relationship and treasures her freedom. On the other hand, Anita is tortured by the gossiping behind her back among her colleagues, while her boss plans to fire her without compensation. Meanwhile, either out of love or friendship, Robert and Mike keep in contact with both women and are prepared to offer help. Will Anita and Macy give birth? Will the two men be recognized as the babies’ fathers? What will become of Anita and Macy?
QUATTRO HONG KONG (2010)*FREE ADMISSION*
Four Hong Kong directors come together for a common prayer for their beloved city. Fruit Chan juggles animation and live action to craft an ode to cinema and innocence in The Yellow Slipper. In Clara Law’s Red Earth, Daniel Wu plays a management consultant coming to Hong Kong to meet a girl, and witnessing a sensational sunset. Heiward Mak, the youngest of the quartet, weaves a nocturnal tale of lonely hearts and destiny in We Might as Well be Strangers, and Herman Yau heads down memory lane for a dish of Fried Glutinous Rice before it went upmarket.
FRIED GLUTINOUS RICE
Dir: Herman yau Cast: Dennis To 13 mins
Before Hong Kong’s modernization, a dish of fried glutinous rice cost no more than fifty cents. Since the city’s transformation, this delicacy has all but disappeared. This piece of local culture is not something that the commercial world can put a price on.
Dir: Clara Law Cast: Daniel Wu 22 mins
A professional management consultant comes to Hong Kong to meet a girl he briefly encountered a month ago. He checks into a hotel room and waits for her to show him the unforgettable view of the sunset that she had once promised him. But somehow he can no longer remember her face. Then, strange things happen that not only changes his life forever, but also the lives of seven billion people.
WE MIGHT AS WELL BE STRANGERS
Dir: Heiward mak Cast: Chui Tien-you, Kate Yeung 20 mins
A man who wants to take his lover out for a late night snack ends up drowning his desire with food. A girl who wants to see the man she loves cannot make up her mind, and ends up seeking consolation in drinking. These two post-80′s individuals, trying to resist the ennui of city life and clinging onto their cell phones for relief, meet as they wander around Nathan Road.
THE YELLOW SLIPPER
Director: Fruit Chan
Cast: Joey Kan, Kitty Fung 12 mins
There was once a little boy whose mother would often take him to the movies to see his father. His mother was an actress. And his father was a famous actor… The boy has now grown up, and his mother has since passed away. But he still loves the movies, and it no longer matters who his father was.
HONG KONG FILM FESTIVAL 2011 MOVIE SHOWTIMES