15 March 2016 (Hong Kong) – The 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival will present “Focus on Korean Cinema”, a programme of new and classic films from one of the world’s most dynamic centres of popular and art-house films. The HKIFF also will host a seminar with South Korean filmmaker PARK Ki-yong on the challenges facing the global film industry.
The “Focus on Korean Cinema” series includes: the Asian Premiere of The Bacchus Lady (2016) by director E J-yong, about a 65-year-old woman who sells sexual favors to old men; KWON Oh-kwang’s debut feature, Collective Invention (2015), an outrageously hilarious satire on media, pop culture, corruption and corporate greed; director WOO Min-ho’s Inside Men (2015), a slick thriller about corrupt politicians, with international superstar LEE Byung-hun; and renowned filmmaker IM Kwon-taek’s classicThe Surrogate Woman (1987), a story of forbidden love starring KANG Soo-yeon, who won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival. Directors and casts of The Bacchus Lady and Collective Invention will attend the screenings.
The HKIFF also will host a film seminar, “Training for a Global Industry”. South Korea’s Dankook University, led by the Busan International Film Festival’s co-founder KIM Dong-ho, prepares its students for the international film industry through co-productions with Japan, China and Australia. PARK Ki-yong, a leading filmmaker of the new Korean cinema, and Roger GARCIA, executive director of the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society, will discuss the challenges for film students in a rapidly changing and increasingly globalised industry. The event will take place on 24 March at 4 p.m. at the Function Room (AC2) 4/F, Hong Kong Cultural Centre Administration Building, Tsim Sha Tsui (opposite The Peninsula Hotel).
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The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of Asia’s most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new works and experience outstanding films.
Screening over 280 titles from more than 50 countries in over 10 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event that reaches an audience of over 600,000.
Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talents. As a lifestyle event, festival-goers can enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, join celebration parties, and more.
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The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organises the annual flagship Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (Summer IFF) held every August. Besides, the HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers, the monthly programme features a variety of curate contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.
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