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Get reel: What type of cinema-goer are you?

Yvonne Teh, Film Editor

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 10:41pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 10:46pm

What makes you seek out a film? For some it's a positive review from a trusted source; for others the lure is a favourite actor, actress, or director whose previous work blew them away. Glory hunters scope out award winners, while some are attracted to regional cinema.

You might put those whose diet is predominantly Hollywood blockbusters into that last group - but, then, they often aren't interested in indie films from the US.

On home soil, I know dedicated Hong Kong cinema fans who are equally happy watching the low brow efforts of Wong Jing and the art house offerings of Wong Kar-wai. Similarly, Japanese cinema lovers can watch a low-budget exploitation film or idol-driven commercial works. Anything goes.

Cineastes with a taste for Asian films will relish the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, which runs this year from October 25 to November 19.

European cinema enthusiasts are also well served this month and next. The Goethe Institut HK's Kino 13 - Recent German Film Productions, between October 24 and November 4, is not to be missed. Its programme of 13 films includes Jan Ole Gerster's Oh Boy, a tragicomedy that won six German film awards about a university drop-out who takes to wandering the streets of Berlin. Another highlight is The Strange Little Cat, director Ramon Zürcher's debut feature, which received positive reviews from The New York Times and The Hollywood Reporter.

Meanwhile, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department's Cinematic Legacy of Eastern Europe series continues. Most of its 10-film selection are Cannes prize winners: Polish director Andrzej Wajda's Man of Iron, Hungarian filmmaker Miklos Jancso's Red Psalm and fellow countryman Karoly Makk's Another Way, Serbian director Emir Kusturica's Underground, and from Romania, Corneliu Porumboiu's 12:08 East of Bucharest and Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.