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45th Hong Kong International Film Festival – Opening Films 2021

Where the Wind Blows (TBC) by Philip Yung and Septet – The Story of Hong Kong by Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Wo-ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, will open the 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival which will go hybrid with both-in-theatre and online screenings from April 1st – 12th, 2021.

During the 12-day extravaganza, over 190 titles from 58 countries and regions, of which 10 are world, 11 international and 43 Asian premieres, will be presented in close-to 230 screenings in theatres, and nearly 60 films are available through online platform. This is definitely a festival you shouldn’t miss!

Opening Films:

Where the Wind Blows (TBC) by Philip Yung – Hong Kong | 2021 – 143 minutes
Cast: Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Du Juan
Section: Opening Film | World Premiere

Philip Yung’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Port of Call (39th Closing Film) is an ambitious, genre-bending epic loosely based on the rise and fall of the notorious “Four Great Sergeants” in 1960s Hong Kong. The film centres on the friendship and rivalry between two resourceful police detectives who forge dangerous alliances with organised crime. This first onscreen pairing of superstars Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Chiu-wai also boasts a scene-stealing performance from Hong Kong cinema icon Michael Hui.

Screening Dates:
April 1st, 2021 (Thursday) | Hong Kong Cultural Centre | 5:30 pm
April 4th, 2021 (Sunday) | Hong Kong Cultural Centre | 2:30 pm

Septet: The Story of Hong Kong by Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Wo-ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark – Hong Kong | 2020 – 111 minutes
Section: Opening Film

Johnnie To ropes in six fellow veteran Hong Kong filmmakers for this highly anticipated omnibus. Each one of the short films covers a different period in the city’s recent history, including Sammo Hung’s nostalgia-tinged piece about his martial arts training, the late Ringo Lam’s poignant tribute to his hometown, Ann Hui’s quietly moving ode to the educators, and To’s dark comedy about three friends’ bonanza. Shot entirely on 35mm film, this is a momentous cinematic event that no Hong Kong film fan will want to miss.

Screening Dates:
April 1st, 2021 (Thursday) | Hong Kong Cultural Centre | 9:00 pm
April 5th, 2021 (Monday) | Hong Kong Cultural Centre | 9:30 pm

For more information, please visit the official HKIFF website: https://www.hkiff.org.hk

About the festival:
Founded in 1976, the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is Asia’s oldest international film festival and a pioneer in introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language and Asian cinema and filmmakers to the world.

Annually screening over 200 titles from more than 50 countries in approximately 10 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is one of Hong Kong’s largest cultural events. The festival features world and international premieres of Hong Kong and Asian films, and Asian premiers of international films. The festival has maintained its founding premise of bringing films to local audiences that they might not be aware of, and of introducing Hong Kong, Chinese language, and Asian films to the world.

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