Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung reprise their roles as lovers Jimmy and Cherie in Love Off the Cuff.

Pang Ho-cheung’s Love Off the Cuff to open Hong Kong International Film Festival 2017

Third instalment in series starring Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue as a pair of lovers will receive its world premiere at April event, which will also feature retrospective on Taiwanese auteur Edward Yang

The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival will kick off on April 11 with the world premiere of Hong Kong director Pang Ho-cheung’s romantic comedy Love Off the Cuff, organisers announced on Friday.

The film is the third instalment in a series starring Miriam Yeung Chin-wah and Shawn Yue Man-lok as a pair of bickering lovers, Jimmy and Cherie, and both the earlier episodes, Love in a Puff (2010) and Love in the Buff (2012), also received their world premieres at the festival. The latter opened the festival’s 2012 edition, while Pang’s last film as a director, Aberdeen, opened the 2014 programme.

Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung in a scene from Love Off the Cuff.

While the first film in the series was set in Hong Kong, and the second partly in Beijing, Pang’s new film will take the couple to Taiwan, where their relationship risks going awry when a childhood friend of Jimmy’s seeks his help as a sperm donor. The film is slated for a general release in Hong Kong on April 27.

The film festival has also recently announced some of its retrospective sections, including a seven-film programme on Taiwanese auteur Edward Yang.

Shawn Yue (third from right) and his pals in a scene from Love Off the Cuff.
The Hong Kong International Film Festival runs from April 11 to 25. The full programme will be announced on March 14. For updates, visit its official website.

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