Blockbusters bury low-budget gems

Bloated pan-Chinese blockbusters and quirky low-budget features dominated a cinematically middling year. Co-productions or not, more mainland movies were released in Hong Kong cinemas this year than usual.

Sunday, 27 December, 2009, 12:00am

Fruitful labours

Yonfan might have positioned himself as Hong Kong's torchbearer at this year's Venice Film Festival, but it was Fruit Chan Kuo who shone most on the Lido. Apart from his work as producer of Yonfan's Prince of Tears, his latest directorial effort, Chengdu, I Love You, closed the festival.

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Prince of Tears

Starring: Fan Chih-wei, Terri Kwan, Joseph Chang Hsiao-chuan, Zhu Xuan Director: Yonfan Category: IIB (Mandarin)

15 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Hey, big spenders

WHEN ART AUCTIONEERS Sotheby's tallied up the takings after the final hammer fell on October 30, $260 million had changed hands. Sighs of relief were heard around the Shangri-La ballroom from those expecting a damp squib after the New York terrorist attacks.

12 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Bids on sartorial satisfaction

ACCLAIMED DIRECTOR Yonfan, whose movie Peony Pavilion opens in Hong Kong this week, has been collecting clothing and textiles for years.

'One day I was facing all these costumes [from the movie] and I thought 'what a lovely thing we have. What are we going to do about it?' So I rang up Sotheby's,' he said.

14 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Singapore sins

BUGIS STREET Starring Hiep Thi Le and the 'Sin Sin Girls'. Directed by Yonfan. Category III. Opens Thursday on the Mandarin Circuit.

BUGIS Street is a light drama focusing on the lives of transsexuals who inhabit the aptly-named Sin Hotel in what was Singapore's red-light district.

24 Sep 1995 - 12:00am

Romance, Hong Kong-style

CONJUGAL AFFAIRS, Star Hunter, with Jan Lam Hoi-fung and Ng Seen-lin, directed by Samson Chiu Leung-chun; Lonely Hearts Club, with Sylvia Chang Ai-chia and Nicky Ng Kei-lung; and Unwed Mother, directed by Sylvia Chang, with Maggie Man-yuk, Eric Kot Man-fai, and Winston Chiu Man-suen. On Empire circuit.

24 Dec 1993 - 12:00am