Presented by The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada)
Directed by Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Wo Ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam, Tsui Hark
Tsui Hark, Sammo Hung, Au Kin Yee, Ringo Lam, Melvin Luk, Yau Nai Hoi, Lou Shiu Wa, Roy Szeto, Patrick Tam, Johnnie To, Yuen Wo Ping
Emotion Cheung, Tat Ming Cheung, Ian Iskandar Gouw, Timmy Hung, Chung King Fai, Mimi Kung, Ashley Lam, Royce Lam, Suet Lam, Lawrence Lau, Sire Ma, Francis Ng, Eric Tsui, Wu Tsz Tung, Ng Wing Sze, Simon Yam, Jennifer Yu, Wah Yuen
Media Asia Film Distribution (HK) Limited
An exceptional omnibus film spearheaded by Johnnie To (ELECTION) and coming to us at a crucial time in Hong Kong history, SEPTET: THE STORY OF HONG KONG reunites legendary Hong Kong directors for a deeply heartfelt project. A symphony for a changing city, composed of personal, resonant stories, this collection takes us through seven decades, and as many of the fragrant harbour’s emblematic voices.
A sifu hardens his students with “Exercise” at the Peking Opera School of Sammo Hung’s childhood memories, first chronicled in PAINTED FACES. Ann Hui (BOAT PEOPLE) stages a stirring tribute to the city’s educators in the past-and-present interplay of “Headmaster”. Wong Kar-Wai’s mentor Patrick Tam Kar-Ming (MY HEART IS THAT ETERNAL ROSE) evokes the emigration of Hong Kongers by way of an impressionistic love story, “Tender is the Night”. Master choreographer and director Yuen Woo-Ping (DRUNKEN MASTER) addresses the generational divide by confronting an aging martial artist like himself with the “Homecoming” of a westernized granddaughter. Johnnie To details the city’s capitalistic hustle without leaving the seats of a classic cha chaan teng (diner) in “Bonanza”. The expanding harbour front opens the gates to a flood of hometown memories in Ringo Lam’s final, posthumous film “Astray”, and the upcoming decade is evoked with twenty-twenty vision by the patient and the doctor of a futuristic mental hospital, in Tsui Hark’s (ONCE UPON A TIME IN CHINA) tongue-in-cheek sci-fi closer “Conversation in Depth”. A must-see for fans of Hong Kong cinema new and old. – Ariel Esteban Cayer
The legendary Koji Yakusho delivers one of his most moving performances in this repentant yakuza drama by Miwa Nishikawa.
A masterful film with a phenomenal actress, using the codes of the boxing drama to deliver a moving, powerful and hopeful work.
Kin Long Chan
Petty crook Kwan must decide where his loyalties and fortune lie. Drama, suspense, humour and action in the neon-soaked underbelly of Hong Kong.