Cinema of Hong Kong

Government film venues behind in digital revolution, says festival boss

Roger Garcia, Hong Kong International Film Festival executive director. Photo: Gary Mak

The Hong Kong International Film Festival says its ability to grow audience numbers and help foster the city's film culture is handicapped by the lack of government-run auditoriums that can screen digital movies - the bulk of its offerings. It's forced to use smaller commercial venues, where fewer tickets are available.

Monday, 1 April, 2013, 5:06am

Now showing at a cinema near you - if you're lucky

The box office was up 12 per cent last year despite the dwindling number of cinemas. Photo: Warton Li

Struggling to get a ticket for the latest blockbuster? It could be because there are proportionately far fewer cinema seats here than there are in other cities in the region - such as Taipei, Singapore, Seoul, or Kuala Lumpur.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:17am

Letters to the Editor, March 11, 2013

Limited Wi-fi coverage and complicated login procedures hinder the use of wireless internet technology. Photo: Jonathan Wong

My Wi-fi device at home has become a standard household fixture, but Wi-fi networks outside are still unsatisfactory. Hot spots pop up in shopping malls, coffee shops, restaurants and the MTR. But complicated log-ins with terms and conditions and procedures are frustrating.

11 Mar 2013 - 3:16am 1 comment

Golden age of Hong Kong movies long gone

A Simple Life was a rare success story. Photo: SCMP

Last year, Perry Lam wrote a book titled Once A Hero: The Vanishing Hong Kong Cinema. In it he explains why the Hong Kong film industry is in decline.

28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am

Second Sight: The Valiant Ones

Hsu Feng proves action is louder than words in <I>The Valiant Ones</I>.

The Valiant Ones

22 Oct 2012 - 4:06pm

Film, Second Sight: 'Father Takes a Bride'

The cast of Father Takes a Bride.

Father Takes a Bride

14 Oct 2012 - 10:40am

Nansun Shi: 'It's not about inferiority or superiority - it's about how good you are at what you do'

Nansun Shi: 'It's not about inferiority or superiority - it's about how good you are at what you do'

On a panel at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival last October, Nansun Shi was asked if she had ever been treated differently from men and if there was discrimination in the industry.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

Stephen Fung believes his Tai Chi trilogy marks a great leap forward

Stephen Fung is pinning his hopes of global success on hisTai Chi films.Photo: Jonathan Wong

For years, Stephen Fung Tak-lun battled against detractors who saw him as a former pop idol who had, somehow, managed to cross over to filmmaking by directing a few comedies starring his best buddies.

30 Sep 2012 - 2:57pm

Boutique film festivals offer relief from the mainstream

Films such as Ivan Cotroneo'sKryptonite! (far left) and the Andrea Segre-directedShun Li and the Poet - starring mainland star Zhao Tao (above), who won best actress at the Venice Film Festival - are part of the upcoming Cine Italiano! - Italian Film Week. Broadway Cinemateque (left), the last bastion of art-house film

Seven years as a programmer with the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) has taught Bede Cheng Tze-wang a thing or two about the sometimes harsh realities of the modern film world.

17 Sep 2012 - 11:49am

Comedian Stephen Chow Sing-chi sued by ex-girlfriend for HK$80m

Chow is being sued by Yu

Comedian Stephen Chow Sing-chi's former girlfriend is suing him for HK$80 million - the amount she claims he owes her in commissions on the expected sale of a luxury Peak house.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:37am

South Asian policewoman follows in her grandfather's footsteps

Heina Rizwan Mohammad at her graduation. Photo: David Wong

When the first South Asian woman to be recruited as a police officer since the handover took to the streets last week she was continuing a proud family tradition.

Heina Rizwan Mohammad is a police constable in Yuen Long, a district with a significant ethnic minority population, and is following in the footsteps of her grandfather who walked the beat more than 30 years ago.

2 Sep 2012 - 3:04am

Thirty-year gap between screenings shows value of film preservation

An illustration of the dire state of local movie preservation prior to the establishment of the Hong Kong Film Archive can be found in two retrospective screenings of Beyond the Grave 25 years apart. 

31 Aug 2012 - 3:15pm

Change in our hands

I've become a relentless observer of differences, similarities and change. I'm no economist but, as an American citizen living abroad who is anxious about the future of her country, I track the US economic indicators religiously.

30 Aug 2012 - 2:36am

Wong Kar-wai heads Berlin Film Festival jury

Wong Kar-wai

Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai will head the jury at next year's Berlin International Film Festival, one of the most prestigious events in global cinema.

The Berlinale's organisers praised Wong as one of the world's most celebrated filmmakers who has charmed international audiences with his "distinctive signature and the poetry of his works".

29 Aug 2012 - 3:51am


New Releases

Vulgaria (III) (Cantonese)

See review on this page.

The Chef (IIA) (French)

See review on this page.

The Bourne Legacy (IIA)

15 Aug 2012 - 11:15pm