Chapman To elated over festival film picks
Funny man Chapman To Man-chat is also a very happy man this week. Two films he stars in have been selected for screening at the 14th Far East Film Festival, which opens next Friday in Udine, Italy.
The films are Vulgaria, directed by Pang Ho-cheung, and The Bounty, directed by Andrew Fung Chi-keung.
Vulgaria, which charts a film producer's hardship in finding funds on the mainland, premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival last month. The Bounty portrays the peculiar experience of a bounty hunter, played by To, and is scheduled to open in cinemas this summer.
'I've been in the trade for almost two decades. I've seen the ups and downs of Hong Kong cinema and I feel honoured to promote original Hong Kong movies to the rest of the world,' To said.
'These days I make movies mainly because I enjoy working with like-minded filmmakers, and I'm glad two of the films I've starred in made the cut at the film festival.'
The 10 Hong Kong feature-length movies selected for the festival also include Pang's Love in the Buff, Derek Yee Tung-sing's The Great Magician and Johnnie To Kei-fung's Romancing in Thin Air.