Chinese Film Panorama 2022 to showcase multi-faceted comedies (with photos)
Directed by Sun Haipeng, the opening animated film "I am What I am" (2021) depicts the challenges facing a village teenager and his friends who compete for a lion dance championship. The film demonstrates the art of the lion dance and the passion of youth through the characters. It won the Audience Award and Critics' Choice Award at the 19th Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, Spain. Adapted from a namesake Japanese comedy, another motivating teenage film, "Water Boys" (2021), tells the story of five high school students with different personalities who start a male synchronised swim team by accident at their school, making an earnest effort to chase their dreams.
This year's film panorama encompasses various exciting crime comedies. "Be Somebody" (2021) centres on a group of film practitioners who seek inspiration from a death row inmate and unintentionally solve a mysterious case. The film goes beyond an ordinary comedy by blending the humour of classic scripts and scenes with a suspense thriller vibe. "Too Cool to Kill" (2022) is one of the blockbusters of this Chinese New Year in the Mainland. It is a story about an extra cast member who gets a chance to be a main character, but he is unknowingly embroiled in a gang fight, resulting in a thrilling and hilarious journey. "Crazy Stone" (2006), a film that has won various Chinese film awards, depicts the story of a craft factory owner who is facing a closure crisis. The owner gets a silver lining after the acquisition of a priceless piece of jade by accident, but the jade results in a messy fight among different parties.
Romance film "Love is Not Blind" (2011) narrates how a female protagonist gets through a difficult time of a break-up. Providing perspectives on life, marriage and family, the film was widely discussed and captured the Outstanding Film of the 31st Hundred Flowers Awards. "B for Busy" (2021) showcases a simple yet interesting story of the lives and relationships of three women in Shanghai.
In addition, the film panorama features a selection of films reflecting social situations of the times, some adapted from true stories. "Dying to Survive" (2018) depicts the main character, who helps leukemia patients, but cannot afford patented medicines and takes the risk of selling generic drugs. "Getting Home" (2007) follows a man who tries hard to take his fellow worker's corpse back to his hometown. "Stand Up, Don't Bend Over" (1993) focuses on the interaction between three neighbours living in the same apartment building, which provides a picture of the lives of those affected by the market economy in the 1990s. The film was highly acclaimed and had won several film awards in the Mainland.
"I am What I am" is dubbed in Cantonese, "B for Busy" is in Putonghua and Shanghai dialect, "Crazy Stone" is in Chongqing and Sichuan dialects, and the other films are in Putonghua. All films have Chinese and English subtitles.
"Be Somebody", "Love is Not Blind" and "Dying to Survive" will be screened for free. The free admission tickets will be distributed at respective screening venues starting from October 13. Each person can obtain up to two tickets per screening on a first-come, first-served basis. Other film tickets priced at $60 are now available at URBTIX (www.urbtix.hk). For credit card telephone bookings, please call 2111 5999. For programme enquiries and concessionary schemes, please call 2734 2900 (LCSD) or 2780 5355 (Cine-Art House (Maritime Square)) or visit www.lcsd.gov.hk/fp/en/listing.html?id=40 .
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Ends/Monday, September 26, 2022
Issued at HKT 15:00
Issued at HKT 15:00