Design for Living (2015)
“Three” is decidedly minor stuff for such a major filmmaker, but there’s nevertheless something remarkable about watching a master like To reverse-engineer an entire thriller from a single idea that he just had to try — in this case, a climactic shootout unlike anything you’ve seen before.
The raison d’être for To’s latest doesn’t become apparent until the final movements of this meticulously arranged 87-minute chamber piece, but the patient build-up to it is part of the fun. Confining the action to the crowded guts of a big Hong Kong hospital,
A local box office hit made up of five vignettes set in 2025, where locals are persecuted for speaking Cantonese not Mandarin.
Amidst increasing fears of mainland pressure and interference in Hong Kong and some cinemas refusing to screen the film, its success was a surprise even to the producers themselves.
Andrew Choi, one of the producers for the film, said “The meaning of this prize is that it shows Hong Kong still has hope. It reminds us that we could have courage to be creative. I would like to thank everyone who has watched it.”
According to the Guardian, this film with a budget of Hk$500,000 ($64,000) has earned Hk$6m, but its run stopped despite still playing to packed theatres.
State broadcaster, CCTV, pulled out from broadcasting the ceremony live unlike previous years,
Port Of Call emerged as a big winner with seven prizes from the 35th Hong Kong Film Awards, while controversial local independent production Ten Years was declared best film and The Taking Of Tiger Mountain’s Tsui Hark took best director.
Port Of Call, which came into the night with the most nominations at 13, pulled off a clean sweep of all the acting prizes: best actor for Aaron Kwok (his first Hkfa win), best actress for newcomer Jessie Li, best supporting actress for Elaine Jin, as well as best new performer and best supporting actor, both of which for Michael Ning.
The crime thriller also won best screenplay for writer-director Philip Yung and best cinematography for Christopher Doyle.
However, the biggest award of the evening went to Ten Years, which beat heavyweights
It’s safe to say their first selections silenced those skeptics. Metrograph’s slate is strong in a way that’s uncommon; one could say it’s exactly the sort that a cinephile with
Three dangerous criminal rivals cross the border from China to Hong Kong in search of fortunes.
Starring Gordan Lam,Richie Jen, Jordan Chan and featuring 3 directors : Frank Hui ,Jevons Au Man-Kit,Vicky Wong, Trivisa is set to premier at the Berlin International Film Festival .
Source: Media Asia
Johnnie To and Yau Nai Hoi last teamed up for the excellent ‘Eye in the Sky‘, so we have high hopes for this one.
Johnnie To will be back in the directors chair later this year ( Office, Three )
Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) has announced its full programme for its upcoming 12th edition, running Feb 17-28.
This year’s festival will host 60 UK premieres, 59 Scottish premieres, four European premieres and three world premieres among its line-up of 174 films. As previously announced, it will be bookended by the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa.
Richard Gere will attend Glasgow for the UK premiere of his new film Time Out Of Mind, while other guests include Ben Wheatley for the Scottish premiere of High-Rise, Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer for the UK premiere of The Forest, Joachim Trier for the UK premiere of Louder Than Bombs, veteran director Peter Greenaway and stuntman Vic Armstrong.
“The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our Industry Focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come
Artistic and Programming Director Jacob Perlin says in a press release, “Jean Eustache in a Rocky t-shirt. This is the image we had in mind while making this first calendar. Great cinema is there, wherever you can find it. The dismissed film now recognized as a classic, the forgotten box-office hit newly resurrected, the high and the low,
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The Tastes sidebar includes the Mexican premiere of Cooking Up A Tribute by Luis González and Andrea Gómez, which profiles El Celler de Can Roca, viewed in some circles as the world’s best restaurant, which closed temporarily to tour America.
Tastes includes the world premiere of Baja Tastes by Roberto Najera and the Latin American premiere of Sergio Herman: F***ing Perfect by Willemiek Kluijfhout.
B-Side curates some of the most popular recent films about music and the line-up features the Latin American premiere of Johnnie To’s Office, the Mexican premiere of Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope (pictured) and Hervé Martin-Delpierre’s Arcade Fire: The Reflektor Tapes.
American Specials showcases Mexican premieres of Us films with a strong point of view. The roster includes The Hollow Point by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego, Daniel Noah’s [link
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