Anime hits and up-and-coming Taiwanese directors at Metroplex this weekend
There's a feast for the otaku out there, and for less obsessive fans of Japanese anime and manga
If you're an otaku — someone who is obsessed with anime and manga — you might want to head to The Metroplex cinema metroplex.com.hk ) in Kowloon Bay this weekend for its Japanese Animation Highlights programme.
The four-film line-up features Seiji Mizushima's Expelled From Paradise (2014); cult classic anthology Memories (1995); the big-screen cut of hit television series Time of Eve (2010); and Mizuho Nishikubo's Giovanni's Island (2014). Each film has one screening on Saturday and one on Sunday. Tickets are HK$70.
Following the anime programme is the Taiwan New Directors programme, with screenings of films by up-and-coming directors such as Sven Lee and Wang Wei-ming, among others.
Hong Kong doesn't add much to Monster Hunt's box-office record: Monster Hunt, the hybrid live action/animation film directed by Hong Kong-born director Raman Hui, became the highest grossing Chinese film ever last Sunday. According to reports by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, the fantasy film grossed 1.26 billion yuan (HK$1.59 billion) in its first 10 days, beating Xu Zheng's Lost in Thailand for the top spot. Including Hollywood movies, Monster Hunt is the fifth highest grossing film in China ever (behind Hollywood blockbusters Jurassic World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Transformers: Age of Extinction and Fast & Furious 7).
Monster Hunt's ticket sales, despite being dubbed "worldwide box office", come almost entirely from mainland China. In Hong Kong, the film is not quite such a smash hit, having grossed only HK$3.5 million in its first week, compared to Ant-Man's HK$17 million.