The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF43) kicks off tonight with the world premiere of Renny HARLIN’s Chinese language crime thriller Bodies at Rest at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Joining HARLAN and his main cast of Nick CHEUNG, Richie JEN, Carlos CHAN, Roger KWOK, and Ron NG at a glittering opening ceremony for the 15-day, 230-film cinematic extravaganza, were Bernard CHAN, the Under Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development, HKIFF Ambassador Aaron KWOK, and Youth Ambassadors Jennifer YU and Neo YAU. There was also a strong presence of filmmakers from around the region, including Korean maestro LEE Chang-dong of the internationally acclaimed Burning, TSUKAMOTO Shinya, the director of Killing, and young Chinese director BAI Xue of The Crossing.
Dr. Wilfred WONG, Chairman of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS), described the Hong Kong International Film Festival as one of the most anticipated cultural events in the region in his welcome speech. “As always, HKIFF43 receives tremendous support from film fans in Hong Kong, with as many as 75 screenings already sold out as of today,” enthused Dr. WONG. “We have also managed to bring together many distinguished filmmakers from around the world to share their visions and insights with local audience and their peers in the film industry.” WONG said he was excited by this year’s programme which includes a retrospective on the career of the legendary action master Sammo HUNG, this year’s Filmmaker in Focus, as well as three master classes by two-time Oscar-winning director Asghar FARHADI, LEE Chang-dong and celebrated actor-director JIANG Wen.
The Opening Film Bodies at Rest kicks off in an unusual setting of a morgue, where a forensic expert (played by Nick CHEUNG) and his assistant are accosted by a masked intruder (played by Richie JEN) and his gang, who demand access to a body containing evidence to a crime. Hollywood action director Renny HARLIN skillfully reconstructs his decathlon of violence, intensity of suspense and mind-blowing action sequences of Die Hard 2 (1990) into the Hong Kong genre of crime thriller with an explosive twist.
The 43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival
18th March to 1st April 2019
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