Film Archive to screen "Center Stage" in support of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage (with photos)

     In support of World Day for Audiovisual Heritage, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will present a special screening of "Center Stage" (1992) at the Cinema of the HKFA at 7pm on October 27 (Friday). The film stars Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Chin Han, Carina Lau and Cecilia Yip.

     In 2005, the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization designated October 27 of every year as World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. It promotes awareness of the importance of preserving audio-visual documents from the past, which play an integral role in recording local and regional cultures.

     A 2K digital copy scanned from the internegative and sound negative loaned by Fortune Star Media Limited will be screened. About half an hour longer than the originally released version, this 155-minute director's cut will allow audiences to fully savour this internationally renowned work.

     In "Centre Stage", director Stanley Kwan commemorates the work of filmmakers in the 1930s through the biography of legendary actress Ruan Lingyu, played by Maggie Cheung. Instead of telling the story of Ruan's tragic life, Kwan turns the focus to the relationship of the actress with her friends and colleagues, as well as their dedication and contributions to the arts. Lead actress Cheung won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival for her heartrending performance in this film.

     The film is in Mandarin, Cantonese and Shanghainese with Chinese and English subtitles.

     Tickets priced at $45 are now available at URBTIX ( For telephone credit card bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries, please call 2739 2139 or visit

Ends/Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Issued at HKT 12:00