Hong Kong Films

Partnering with right producer key to young directors getting exposure at festivals

Film director Juno Mak’s film Rigor Mortis pays homage to the vampire films that dominated Hong Kong in the 1980s. Photo: Jonathan Wong

More young film directors are earning overseas exposure at international film festivals this year, but not everyone is privileged enough to enter this game.

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013, 12:20pm

Fund fails young movie makers, says Hong Kong film community amid calls for overhaul

Filmmakers call for funding overhaul

Filmmakers are calling for a revamp of the government's film funding system to make it more effective in boosting the international exposure of a greater diversity of directors and films.

They say the Film Development Fund's current system, which favours feature films, shuts out smaller films, including documentaries, and young film-makers.

3 Sep 2013 - 12:16pm

Reel partners

Lee Sinje and Kim Hye-soo in the 'The Thieves in Busan'. Photo: SMP Pictures

South Korea's biggest-grossing film in history is a work that features popular Korean actors, but also benefits significantly from Hong Kong star power.

14 Apr 2013 - 4:49pm

Second Sight: C'est la Vie, mon cheri

Anita Yuen (left) and Lau Ching-wan star in C'est la Vie, Mon Cheri.

In light of its iconic status, it's no surprise that Temple Street has had more celluloid exposure than most Kowloon thoroughfares.

24 Feb 2013 - 5:58pm

Andrew Lau: the master multitasker

Andrew Lau has two big releases going up against each other in The Guillotines and The Last Tycoon. Photo: May Tse

Andrew Lau Wai-keung likes to be in control - or, at the very least, to have his say with regards to various facets of film production.

23 Dec 2012 - 12:30pm

Ace of pace: 'In Hong Kong, people are always on the run', says Monica Chen Yi-ping

Monica Chen Yi-ping

For Taiwanese model-turned-entrepreneur Monica Chen Yi-ping, there is nothing more important than spending time with her daughter, Lyann. Chen's schedule revolves around her daughter's. After Lyann is off to school, Chen attends to her many businesses, including the Homeless lifestyle chain and Another Fine Day café. Then she picks up Lyann from school.

7 Nov 2012 - 3:22pm

Film review: $upercapitalist

Writer-producer-star Derek Ting, on the right of Darren E. Scott.

Made on a budget that many of its characters would consider as chump change, $upercapitalist tells the story of Conner Lee. A hotshot hedge fund trader, Lee is dispatched by his Gordon Gecko-like superior to Hong Kong to work on a mega deal involving Fei & Chang, a financially troubled family-run conglomerate led by Donald Chang.

1 Nov 2012 - 12:39pm

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

Something new: the photos people forgot

A photo from the Collective Memory project, a collection of images from unclaimed rolls of film.

Snapping away with digital abandon, as we now do, it's easy to forget what a hassle it was to drop rolls of film off at a store to be developed - and pick up the photos when they were ready.

27 Oct 2012 - 11:21pm

Preview: Shaolin Fez at Fringe Club

Shaolin Fez's Jennifer Palor and Samuel Ferrer will perform tonight.

Californian Sam Ferrer came to Hong Kong 10 years ago to join the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra as a double bassist. He still does that job, but as with many players in the ensemble he has musical interests outside the classical repertoire.

22 Oct 2012 - 3:51pm

Jennifer Cheung: The ex-banker who turned her sweet-tooth into a thriving business

Jennifer Cheung says her biggest challenge is managing people

Jennifer Cheung always liked cooking, yet it was a career in the competitive world of banking that helped her take her passion to transform the direction of the dessert industry in Hong Kong and build a reputation as serving some of the best cupcakes in town.

9 Oct 2012 - 3:43pm

Eleanor Kwok: The cosmetics entrepreneur with a 'can do' attitude

Photo: Thomas Yau

Eleanor Kwok was a trader without a store when her landlord tripled her basement shop's rent in 1989 and she could not afford the rise.

22 May 2014 - 4:08pm

City Digest, September 29, 2012

Man kills wife before leaping to his death

29 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Stars' baby photos at Hong Kong charity event

Cathy Lee Chui Chi-kei and Moses Chan Ho donated childhood photos

She is model turned busy mother-of-three, but Cathy Lee Chui Chi-kei still finds time for charity work.

Her latest project is supporting South Korean skincare brand Sulwhasoo's "Hundreds of Families Quilt" initiative to create a giant collage of donated childhood pictures.

21 Sep 2012 - 3:32am

Tackling the taboos of sex and desire in Hong Kong

Tackling the taboos of sex and desire in Hong Kong

Subjects many of us are familiar with but dare not speak about are challenged in this refreshingly candid anthology. Petula Ho Sik-ying, a professor at the University of Hong Kong, and A. Tsang Ka-tat, a professor at the University of Toronto, have compiled 15 years of community-based sexual research, giving a deeper understanding of these taboo subjects.

17 Sep 2012 - 12:26pm