Focus Hong Kong returns to rejoice the Yr of the Tiger in London cinemas with a collection of very particular Chinese language New Yr screenings of beloved Hong Kong movies. Operating January 25 to 29, the programme consists of the UK Premiere of the brand new 4K restoration of An Autumn’s Story at BFI Southbank and a uncommon double invoice of Stephen Chow’s basic A Chinese language Odyssey Half One and Half Two at Genesis Cinema. Supported by The Hong Kong Financial and Commerce Workplace, London, the CNY in-person screenings welcome Hong Kong movie followers again to cinemas, providing a uncommon likelihood to catch the seminal classics on the massive display screen.
Screening in a newly remastered 4K model, An Autumn’s Story follows a naïve younger girl (Cherie Chung) who strikes to New York to be together with her boyfriend, and who when issues don’t work out is taken below the wing of a streetwise cabbie (Chow Yun-fat). Acclaimed director Mabel Cheung’s second function is an everlasting basic of recent Hong Kong cinema which gained a number of awards on its unique launch in 1987. With highly effective performances and a transferring mixture of romance and social drama, the movie stays extremely fashionable at present, with its exploration of immigrant experiences feeling ever extra well timed.
Stephen Chow’s A Chinese language Odyssey Half One: Pandora’s Field and Half Two: Cinderella have been huge hits on the home field workplace on their launch in 1995, and are thought of among the many best possible fashionable Hong Kong movies, having turn into a much-loved Chinese language New Yr custom. Mixing fantasy and comedy, the movies are Chow’s wild reinvention of A Journey to the West, set in historical China and with Chow as shabby gang boss Joker, who’s really the reincarnation of the Monkey King, banished from the heavens after angering the gods. Pushed by a pair of demonic sisters (Yammie Lam and Karen Mok), Joker joins the Longevity Monk (Regulation Kar Ying) on his quest for holy scriptures, encountering a collection of outlandish characters as his adventures lead him to uncover his future.
With Stephen Chow already a megastar in China, A Chinese language Odyssey helped introduce his work to audiences all over the world, paving the way in which for his later blockbusters Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle and The Mermaid. By turns hilarious, thrilling and transferring, the 2 movies are endlessly entertaining and supply an ideal showcase for Chow’s abilities, backed by an all-star solid of well-known Hong Kong faces and a few incredible particular results.
An Autumn’s Story
screens at BFI Southbank on Tuesday 25 January 2022 at 8:15 pm
A Chinese language Odyssey Half One: Pandora’s Field and Half Two: Cinderella
display screen as a double invoice at Genesis Cinema on Saturday 29 January 2022 from 2:00pm
Tickets and extra data on the Official Website HERE