Hong Kong Cinema kicks of series of film festivals in the fall

Excerpt from press release:

San Francisco Film Society PRESENTS THIRD ANNUAL HONG KONG CINEMA, OCTOBER 4–6 AT VOGUE THEATRE

Three-Day Festival Celebrates New Work from One of the World’s Most Important Film Industries with U.S. Premieres, a Kung-Fu Tribute and Filmmaker Guests

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Film Society will kick off its Fall Season with the third annual Hong Kong Cinema festival, October 4–6 at the Vogue Theatre (3290 Sacramento Street), presented in association with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco. This annual festival of exciting new work from one of the world’s most important filmmaking hubs showcases Hong Kong’s range of cinematic storytelling with contributions from both internationally known filmmakers as well as up-and-coming talents. The 2013 edition also includes an exciting tribute to Lau Kar-leung (aka Liu Chia-liang), the late master of kung-fu fight choreography responsible for many of the beloved genre’s most important works.

“This year, on top of a remarkably diverse program of current features from Hong Kong that includes everything from historical epics, intimate dramas and international crime thrillers to a documentary look at a Cantopop phenomenon, our two-film tribute to the inimitable Lau Kar-leung promises to be a highlight,” said SFFS Director of Programming Rachel Rosen. “This legendary stuntman, fight choreographer and director who passed away in June is responsible for some of the most indelible martial arts features of all time and we are pleased to make it possible for audiences to experience them again on the big screen.”

“It is our great pleasure to partner with the San Francisco Film Society again to present eight Hong Kong movies of different genres in this year’s festival,” said Subrina Chow, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco. “We are excited to see a mini retrospective on veteran director Lau Kar-leung as well as movies by promising young directors supported by the Hong Kong Film Development Fund. Three movies in the selection are being shown for the first time in American theaters. San Franciscan audiences should not miss the opportunity to enjoy them ahead of the rest of the country!”

Hong Kong films are widely known and loved for their deft use of genre in all forms, and the third edition of Hong Kong Cinema delivers the highest quality new work for a variety of tastes. Kicking off the festival is Opening Night film Bends, the debut full-length production from Flora Lau that features a knockout lead performance from Carina Lau. HK icons appear throughout this year’s festival, including superstar Andy Lau (Blind Detective), Chow Yun-fat (The Last Tycoon), Aaron Kwok (Conspirators) and Cantopop sensations Grasshopper and Softhard, subjects of the music documentary The Great War. Kung-fu fans will delight in the big-screen presentation of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, the universally celebrated martial arts classic that has inspired such luminaries as Quentin Tarantino and the Wu-Tang Clan.

For complete program information visit sffs.org/Exhibition/Fall-Season.

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