One of the city’s best film festivals returns this month. Now in its thirteenth year, the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival has a strong reputation for highlighting work from exciting new regional talent and delivering numerous Hong Kong premiers for eager film fans.
That reputation should be enhanced when the festival kicks off on 31st October with opening films In Your Dreams (pictured) and Somewhere Beyond The Mist, both intriguing local efforts.
The former is directed by Tam Wai-ching and is the latest film created courtesy of the government’s First Feature Film Initiative, which has already seen success with the likes of the award-winning Mad World and Weeds on Fire. Tam’s debut stars local legend Carina Lau in a story about the complicated relationship between a teacher (Lau) whose husband is having an affair and a student whose mother abandoned her family eight years previously.
Somewhere Beyond The Mist is the first feature film from director Cheung King-wai, whose previous efforts include KJ, which earned a spot on our 100 Greatest Hong Kong Films list. This new film, Cheung’s first non-documentary, is a tale about a pregnant policewoman assigned to investigate the case of a teenage girl who has murdered her parents. If it’s as good as the director’s documentary efforts, fans should be in for a treat.
There are many other great films showing, including works from Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, mainland China, South Korea and Singapore. Check out the full programme here and get ready with your credit card to book tickets tomorrow over on the Broadway website from 2pm tomorrow.