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Filmart 2017: the 10 Hong Kong movie trailers that had us most excited, from Paradox to The Invincible Dragon

If the glimpses studios gave film buyers of upcoming productions are anything to go by, there are some mouthwatering movies coming our way this year, from the likes of Chapman To, Fruit Chan, and Ann Hui. Louis Koo is everywhere

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 5:44pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 March, 2017, 5:44pm

Hong Kong Filmart has always been a significant showcase of the best of the city’s movie industry, and the 2017 edition this week was no different, with studios offering glimpses of many notable upcoming films. Here, in alphabetical order, are trailers from Filmart for 10 of the films we’re most looking forward to seeing.

1. The Brink

Director: Jonathan Li

Starring: Max Zhang, Shawn Yue, Gordon Lam

Why we’re excited: This stylish crime thriller co-produced by Soi Cheang is looking suitably hysterical in the teaser trailer... a bit like Soi’s early work, if you will.

2. The Empty Hands

Director: Chapman To

Starring: Stephy Tang

Why we’re excited: Tang puts aside her pop idol image to play a young woman looking to conquer her unhappy life through karate in To’s directorial debut.

3. The Invincible Dragon

Director: Fruit Chan

Starring: Max Zhang, Anderson Silva, Annie Liu

Why we’re excited: Expect a great fight between Zhang and Brazilian mixed martial artist Silva – in what surely looks to be Chan’s most commercial effort to date.

4. Meow

Director: Benny Chan

Starring: Louis Koo

Why we’re excited: It’s long been action film veteran Chan’s wish to direct a fantasy comedy – and he gets to do it with a hammy Koo and a bunch of alien cats.

5. Our Time Will Come

Director: Ann Hui

Starring: Zhou Xun, Eddie Peng, Wallace Huo

Why we’re excited: It’d be hard to find a more humanistic director than Hui to look back on the chaotic lives in a Japanese-occupied Hong Kong in the 40s.

6. Paradox

Director: Wilson Yip

Starring: Louis Koo, Tony Jaa, Gordon Lam

Why we’re excited: Ip Man director Yip reunites with action director Sammo Hung for an action showcase, with Jaa co-starring after his impressive turn in SPL2 .

7. Shock Wave

Director: Herman Yau

Starring: Andy Lau, Jiang Wu

Why we’re excited: As he continues to recover from his horse-riding injury, this bomb disposal thriller produced by Lau may be his only output in a while.

8. The Sleep Curse

Director: Herman Yau

Starring: Anthony Wong

Why we’re excited: The Yau and Wong combo revisit the grotesque horror they once made their names with via the cult classics The Untold Story and Ebola Syndrome.

9. Taste of Crime

Director: Nick Cheung

Starring: Nick Cheung

Why we’re excited: Let’s see if actor-director Cheung can build on the improvement notable from his first film (Hungry Ghost Ritual) to his second ( Keeper of Darkness ).

10. Warriors of Future

Director: Ng Yuen-fai

Starring: Louis Koo, Lau Ching-wan

Why we’re excited: A long-gestating passion project by Koo, this mega-budget production is set to be a technical landmark of sci-fi filmmaking in Hong Kong.

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