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Creative Visions To Unveil At the Cinematheque Vancouver

Posted in: Press Releases

May 26, 2017

Twenty years of Hong Kong cinema will be highlighted in a specially curated programme “Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017” presented by Create Hong Kong and copresented by The Cinematheque in Vancouver. The programme is part of a series of similarly themed film programmes that Create Hong Kong is screening in 10 cities around the world to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

The programme of eight films includes work by well-known Hong Kong names such as Fruit Chan, Stephen Chow and Ann Hui; as well as works by young filmmakers who emerged in the past two decades such as Heiward Mak and Philip Yung.

Highlights of the event which will span four weekends in June will be opening night with filmmakers Mabel Cheung and Alex Law who will present their Berlin International Film Festival winner ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW. Later in the programme, Heiward Mak will attend a screening of her first feature film HIGH NOON. In addition the programme will present the newly restored 4K version of Fruit Chan’s independent feature from 1997, MADE IN HONG KONG.

"Such programming is particularly significant as the past two decades have seen major changes in Hong Kong cinema, brought about by digital evolution and related technological advancement, regional financial shifts and market changes, and by a new generation of young Hong Kong filmmakers and audiences exploring the boundaries of cinema," said Mr. Jerry Liu, Head of Create Hong Kong.

Miss Kathy Chan, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto, also noted that Hong Kong has a big pool of film talents.  “Over the years, Hong Kong’s film industry has won over 400 international awards. Many Hong Kong actors, directors and cinematographers have made their names known at global level.  The HKSAR Government will continue to devote efforts to nurture young film talents.” 

“Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017” is presented by Create Hong Kong, and co-presented by The Cinematheque, with support from the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto. For this series, the Hong Kong International Film Festival is the project manager.

Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017 is an accredited event celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

List of films
Dumplings (Fruit Chan, 2004)
Echoes of the Rainbow (Alex Law, Mabel Cheung, 2010)
High Noon (Heiward Mak, 2008)
Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004)
Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 1997)
Port of Call (Philip Yung, 2015)
A Simple Life (Ann Hui, 2011)
The Way We Are (Ann Hui, 2008)

Create Hong Kong is a dedicated office set up under the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government  in June 2009 to lead, champion and drive the development of the creative economy in Hong Kong. It provides one-stop services and staunch support to the creative industries, including administration and management of funding schemes on supporting the creative industries, provision of  facilitation services for location filming in Hong Kong for both local and overseas films, and exercising the regulatory control of special effects materials for film shooting and theatrical performances.

The Cinematheque is a charitable cultural organization that brings the Essential Cinema Experience to Vancouver audiences. Home to one of the largest and most extensive programs of curated films in North America, The Cinematheque presents over 500 screenings annually including retrospectives of great directors’ works, new features from Canada’s hottest young filmmakers, prestigious internationally touring exhibitions, plus guest appearances, lectures, special receptions, and much more.

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO) is the official representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in Canada.  To better serve western Canada, a liaison office was opened in Vancouver in 1999.  The HKETO’s mission is to promote and facilitate economic, trade and cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and Canada.

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film. The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organizes the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April.


Echoes of the Rainbow 歲月神偷 (Sui yuet san tau)

DIRECTOR IN PERSON | 35mm PRINT | Writer-director Alex Law reinvented his own childhood experiences for this love letter to Hong Kong of the 1960s, produced by his frequent collaborator, director Mabel Cheung.

Kung Fu Hustle 功夫 (Gong fu)

35mm PRINT | One-man band Stephen Chow co-wrote, produced, directed, and starred in this spectacularly madcap, box-office behemoth. “Chow manages to have his cake and eat it too: Kung Fu Hustle is a kung fu parody that's also a terrific kung fu movie” (Village Voice).

Made in Hong Kong 香港製造 (Heung Gong jai jo)

Fruit Chan's no-budget masterpiece is a true independent film that channels the rebellious, resilient spirit of its namesake city. "Possibly Hong Kong’s most acclaimed indie feature ever ... A striking achievement" (Time Out).

Dumplings 餃子 (Jiao zi)

35mm PRINT | Prolific Hong Kong auteur Fruit Chan delivers a gourmet helping of horror with this stomach-turning satire, sumptuously shot by Wong Kar-wai collaborator Christopher Doyle. "A claustrophobic, queasy piece of work, relying less on supernatural horror, gross-out effects, or even narrative suspense, than on slowly curdling human relationships and heightened social realism" (Time Out).

The Way We Are 天水圍的日與夜 (Tin shui wai dik yat yu ye)

The poetry of everyday life is observed in New Wave stalwart Ann Hui's artful film about a widow and her son living in a Tin Shui Wai housing estate. “Ann Hui depicts a warm world situated between Yasujiro Ozu and Ken Loach in a film that blends kitchen-sink drama with poetic minutiae” (Variety).

A Simple Life 桃姐 (Tou ze)

The simple story of a family servant is raised to remarkable heights by its rich cultural detail and Ann Hui’s perceptive, low-key direction. "An exquisite and wise moment of celluloid portraiture" (Time Out).

Port of Call 踏血尋梅 (Daap hyut cam mui)

Philip Yung's genre-bender, evocatively lensed by Christopher Doyle, is an atmospheric mosaic of complicated, chaotic human lives and actions. “Yung’s talents take a confident step forward, shoring up his position as one of the most distinctive voices in Hong Kong cinema today” (Screen Daily).

High Noon 烈日當空 (Lit yat dong hung)

DIRECTOR IN PERSON | 35mm PRINT | Heiward Mak’s harrowing and provocative directorial debut spins a web of vignettes around seven high school students. “Adopts a touch of Wong Kar-wai’s trademark neon-smeared impressionism ... Young Mak is one to watch” (Variety).


hi-res stills
interviews with Jim Sinclair, Executive + Artistic Director, The Cinematheque
interviews with select filmmakers


Echoes of the Rainbow 歲月神偷
Thursday, June 1 - 7:30pm with special introduction
Saturday, June 3 - 6:30pm with Q&A following the screening

Kung Fu Hustle 功夫 (Rated 14A)
Saturday, June 3 - 4:30pm
Saturday, June 3 - 9:10pm

Made in Hong Kong 香港製造
Friday, June 9 - 6:30pm
Saturday, June 10 - 8:20pm

Dumplings 餃子
Friday, June 9 - 8:40pm
Saturday, June 10 - 6:30pm

The Way We Are 天水圍的日與夜
Thursday, June 15 - 6:30pm
Friday, June 16 - 8:45pm

A Simple Life 桃姐
Thursday, June 15 - 8:20pm
Friday, June 16 - 6:30pm

Port of Call 踏血尋梅
Thursday, June 22 - 8:45pm
Friday, June 23 - 8:45pm

High Noon 烈日當空
Thursday, June 22 - 6:30pm with Q&A following the screening
Friday, June 23 - 6:30pm with special introduction


$11 Adult $9 Senior/Student
$16 Adult Double Bill $14 Senior/Student Double Bill
restricted to 18+ unless otherwise stated
$3 annual membership required for those 18+


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The Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO), Miss Kathy Chan, speaks at the opening night of the “Creative Visions: Hong Kong Cinema 1997-2017” presented by Create Hong Kong, and co-presented by The Cinematheque, with support from the HKETO on June 1.

HKETO Director Kathy Chan (right), with filmmakers Ms Mabel Cheung (middle) and Mr Alex Law.

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