The San Francisco Film Society in association with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco presents the second annual Hong Kong Cinema festival, September 21–23 at New People Cinema (1746 Post Street).This exciting showcase highlights one of the world’s major filmmaking hubs and features recent films showcasing Hong Kong’s range of cinematic storytelling with works by both internationally known filmmakers as well as up-and-coming talents.Hong Kong films are widely known and loved for their deft use of genre in all forms, and the second edition of Hong Kong Cinema delivers the highest quality new work for a variety of tastes. This year’s program also includes a three-film retrospective to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
For complete program information visit http://sffs.org/Exhibition/SF-Film-Society-Cinema/Hong-Kong-Cinema
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
4:30 pm Love Me Not North American Premiere
Writer-director Gilitte Pik Chi Leung expected in person
Gilitte Pik Chi Leung (Hong Kong 2012)
A sweet and daring portrait of blurred sexuality and love complications, this independent feature tells the story of Dennis and Aggie, pals since primary school and roommates for five years. Both are gay, but inseparable as friends. Matters become tense, however, when Dennis announces an arranged marriage and Aggie finds herself increasingly jealous.
5:30 pm Opening Night reception with delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine at Superfrog Gallery at New People.
7:00 pm Love in the Buff OPENING NIGHT FILM
Pang Ho-cheung (Chun giu yu chi ming, Hong Kong/China 2012)
Cherie and Jimmy, the mismatched lovers from Love in a Puff (SFIFF 2011), reunite in the latest immaculately crafted romantic drama from Pang Ho-cheung.
9:45 pm Nightfall
Roy Chow Hin Yeung (Dai jui bo, Hong Kong 2012)
In this grisly thriller, police inspector George Lam (the formidable Simon Yam) investigates the mystery surrounding the murder of popular opera singer Han, and alights on recently released convict Eugene Wong (Nick Cheung) as his prime suspect.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
1:30 pm Made in Hong Kong
Fruit Chan (Xiang gang zhi zao, Hong Kong 1997)
Produced by Andy Lau, Made in Hong Kong created quite a stir when it first hit the international film scene in 1997, establishing director Fruit Chan as a representative Asian filmmaker.
3:45 pm Comrades, Almost a Love Story
Peter Chan (Tian mi mi, Hong Kong 1996)
This beloved Hong Kong film is the sweet romance of two mainland immigrants who meet in the bustling metropolis as they each pursue their dream of something better.
6:15 pm The Great Magician
Derek Yee (Da mo shu shi, Hong Kong/China 2011)
Set in 1920s China, this deliriously entertaining film deftly blends vaudeville-style humor, vivid magic sequences and ruthless political gamesmanship.
9:00 pm Love Me Not see 9/21 Writer-director Gilitte Pik Chi Leung expected in person
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
1:30 pm A Simple Life
Ann Hui (Tao jie, Hong Kong/China 2011)
Director Ann Hui (All About Love, HKC 2011) is an expert image-maker of daily life. In her latest, which won five of the top Hong Kong Film Awards, she depicts the relationship between a film producer named Roger (Andy Lau) and the aging household servant Ah Tao who has looked after four generations of his family.
4:00 pm Love in the Buff see 9/21
6:30 pm Romancing in Thin Air
Johnnie To (Gao hai ba zhi lian II, Hong Kong/China 2011)
Johnnie To shifts once again from action terrain to romantic drama in this story of famous actor Michael Yuan (superstar Louis Koo) who escapes to a remote mountain lodge to lay low after being jilted at the altar.
8:45 pm The Longest Nite
Patrick Yau (Am faa, Hong Kong 1998)
Made in 1998, Patrick Yau’s bleak and intricate thriller, set on the Portuguese gambling island of Macau, portrays two rival gangs attempting to negotiate a truce before a legendary boss from another gang arrives.
Film tickets $11 for SFFS members, $13 general, $12 seniors, students and persons with disabilities; Opening Night film and party $20 for SFFS members, $25 general; Film Society CineVoucher 10-Packs $105 for SFFS members, $125 general. Box office opens August 23 for members and August 25 for the general public online at sffs.org.http://spectrum.sfstation.com/2012/09/18/sf-film-society-presents-hong-kong-cinema/