10 Years and Running: Recent Hong Kong Cinema October 17 - 25, 2007
To mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, we present this series of cinematic highlights from the former “Crown Colony.” Ten years ago, Wong Kar Wai was only just beginning to move beyond cult status, and the Hong Kong crime film––which in the 1980s redefined the genre internationally––had become increasingly stale and formulaic. Yet, within years of Hong Kong’s political restructuring, In the Mood For Love and 2046 established Wong as one of the most creative directors working anywhere. Johnnie To’s The Mission and Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s Infernal Affairs offered fresh and invigorating approaches to the gangster movie. And the team of Lau and Mak would go on to be one of the region’s greatest creative forces, with three films that helped revive the economic fortunes of Hong Kong cinema. We’re especially proud to include Lau and Mak’s most recent film, Confession of Pain, in this showcase. Horror (Going Home), fantasy (Ming Ming) and social comedy (The Postmodern Life of My Aunt) are also represented, while our Opening Night feature, Triangle, offers an effective introduction to three of Hong Kong cinema’s most noted auteurs, Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To.
10 Years and Running: Recent Hong Kong Cinema is sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York. For their help in arranging the series, we wish to thank Jean Ip and Kelly So of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Frederick Tsui, Yuin Shan, David Bordwell, Tom Quinn, Albert Lee, and Carrie Wong.