HOME, Manchester’s international centre for contemporary visual art, theatre and film, is delighted to announce CRIME: Hong Kong Style, the UK’s biggest and boldest celebration of Hong Kong Cinema to date.
Curated by Andy Willis, Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator (Film) at HOME, the season will showcase 20 titles, including everything from cult movies (Police Story, As Tears Go By.
CRIME will also include four UK premieres (Dante Lam’s That Demon Within, Felix Chong’s Once A Gangster, Alan Mak & Felix Chong’s Overheard 3 and Ringo Lam’s Wild City) and One Hour Intros, Q&As and a special visit from acclaimed writer and director Felix Chong. Chong is one of contemporary Hong Kong cinema’s most celebrated figures. As a co-writer of the influential Infernal Affairs and co-director of the highly successful Overheard series, he has become a key figure in recent developments in Hong Kong crime films. Chong is a winner of numerous awards for his writing and directing.
According to film experts, there has undoubtedly been a recent surge in interest in global Chinese cinema, primarily focusing on films produced in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) such as the BFI’s 2014 Electric Shadows season, a five-month programme celebrating China’s rich film tradition.
Building on this discourse, CRIME: Hong Kong Style aims to allow audiences to reconnect with the innovative contribution of the Hong Kong film industry to the ever popular genre of crime film. Its programme focuses on the influence of Hong Kong filmmakers on one of global cinemas most enduring genres, including films from the 1980s and 1990s ‘golden era’ of the Hong Kong gangster film but also works from the 60s and 70s – revealing the complex and rich heritage of Hong Kong crime films often unknown to UK audiences.
The programme will also include striking contemporary Hong Kong crime films that show an awareness of the city’s history in their self-reflexive style and reworking of the genre’s codes and conventions.
Andy Willis commented: “This programme will represent much more than the stereotypical images of triad gangsters wielding machetes on the neon-lit streets of Kowloon – though there may be some machete wielding going on. We want to allow audiences to connect and re-connect with iconic Hong Kong crime films that excite, entertain and often also educate.”
Rachel Hayward, CRIME: Hong Kong Style Producer, added: “We’re particularly excited to be welcoming celebrated writer and director Felix Chong, who will also be visiting some of the touring venues for special Q&A’s and events. This is the biggest film season event in the UK to date that recognises and showcases the quintessential role the Hong Kong crime film genre plays in global cinema.”
CRIME: HONG KONG STYLE PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
UK Premiere: That Demon Within (魔警)
Dir Dante Lam/2014 HK CN/111 mins/CTBA
Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung, Sixuan Chen, Kai Chi Liu, Ka Wah Lam, Andy On, Kwok-Lun Lee
UK Premiere: Wild City (迷城)
Dir Ringo Lam/2015 HK/120 mins/CTBA
Louis Koo, Shawn Yue, Liya Tong, Hsiao-chuan Chang, Jack Kao
UK Premiere: Overheard 3 (竊聽風雲 3)
Dirs Alan Mak & Felix Chong/2014 HK CN/131 mins Lau Ching-wan, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu
The Pilferers’ Progress (aka Money Crazy) (發錢寒)
Dir John Woo/1977 HK/92 mins/CTBA
Richard Ng, Ricky Hui, Angie Chiu, Ying Cheung, Ming Yu, Chin-Lai Sung, Hoi Sang, Lan Law
Police Story (警察故事)
Dir Jackie Chan/1985 HK/99 mins
Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam, Bill Tung, Yuen Chor, Charlie Cho
As Tears Go By (旺角卡門)
Dir Wong Kar-wai/1988 HK/102 mins/CTBA
Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man, Ronald Wong, To-Hoi Kong, Ching Wai, Kau Lam
Portland Street Blues (古惑仔情義篇之洪興十三妹) Dir Yip Wai Man/1998 HK/114 mins/CTBA
Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Kristy Yang, Alex Fong, Yeung-Ming Wan, Qi Shu, Noel Chik, Ekin Cheng, Man Tat Ng, Ken Lo
Infernal Affairs (無間道)
Dir Andrew Lau/2002 HK/101mins/Cantonese and English with partial EngST /CTBA
Andy Lau, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang, Kelly Chen, Sammi Cheng, Edison Chen, Shawn Yue
Dir Johnnie To/2005 HK/100 mins/Cantonese, Mandarin, English with EngST/CTBA)
Simon Yam, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Louis Koo, Nick Cheung, Tung Lam, Siu-Fai, Suet Lam, Tian-Lin Wang, Bing- Man Tam, Maggie Siu
For full programme details and to book tickets please visit: www.homemcr.org or contact the HOME box office on 0161 200 1500.
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