If you’re visiting Hongkong next month, you’re in for a movie treat.
The sixth Hongkong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF) opens on October 15 and ends on the 30th.
The annual event will showcase not only films made in Hongkong, but also from India, China, Malaysia, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. Films featured range from critically acclaimed works to forays into filmmaking by new acting talents and independent directors.
As this year’s festival focuses on independent cinemas, works from the alumni of Hongkong Academy for Performing Arts will also be included.
One of the opening films is a Korean thriller, Thirst directed by Pak Chan-Wook, a vampire flick that is set to disregard all stereotypes of other vampire-based shows. The lead actor plays a Roman Catholic priest who develops a bloodthirsty habit due to a medical project gone wrong.
To further promote cinematic arts in Hongkong, Langham Place, Mongkok is holding an Artists in Residence exhibition from today (September 24) through October 31. The exhibition will showcase on-set props and other film assets used in movies made by leading Asian directors, including India’s Buddhadev Dasgupta and China’s Zhao Ye. Some items on display include production notes, a scarf, musical score notes, a corset and a postcard, each tagged with a director's note explaining its significance in inspiring the creative thought process for a particular film.