Not a big awards follower, esp on the usu laughable Asian awards show. I haven’t even heard of the Asian Film Awards, but it’s always nice to see Tony and Carina. This year’s slogan is ‘Lets Meet Here’ and Wowsa is it showing decades of cinematic gems fr all over the world.
Then when I look more into the webby of the 35th HKIFF/5th AsianFilmsAwards. GRABBY HANDS!!
The opening movies:
Quattro HK 2, just the PDs: Stanley Kwan from Hong Kong, Yuhang Ho from Malaysia, Brillante Mendoza from the Philippines and Apichatpong Weerasethakul from Thailand
Synopsis fr the HKFF website: …From sleepy Tai O village, to bustling Yaumatei to the city’s famed flower market…Cannes winners Apichatpong Weeresethakul, Brillante Mendoza find mystery mixed with beauty…Ho Yu-hang lets fly his comic talents in Open Verdict, a gem about some kind of cross-border trade. And Stanley Kwan takes us on a real-time bus trip from the airport to Kowloon in 13 minutes in the Lives of… The heady and deadly mix of Hong Kong and cinema; wonder never ceases.
I love omnibus, I love movies portraying a place. I love HK.
Don’t Go Break My Heart: PD Johnny To (doing a romcom) written by his partner in crime Wai Ka-Fai (penned tonnes of TVB goldies) with GaoYuanYuan, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo
Oh the noms!
Just tip of iceberg: Chen KaiGe’s Sacriface (his best in decades, since Farewell, my Concubine). HXM gets a supporting actor nom, deservingly so. His costar is FBB, a woman I can’t get enough of. She’s also in Buddha Mountain, the talk of town.
Aftershock, Let the Bullets Fly, Monga, Reign of Assassins, Love in a Puff, Stool Pigeon are all deserving nominations offered up by the C/HK/TW cinema…Moss, The Unjust, Poetry, The Man fr Nowhere, great Chungmuro gems….. The J offerings r more hit and miss for me, Confession(bleh), Norwegian Woods (so-so), Yamato (I cant wait *snark*) and 13 Assassins(WANT NOW)!
And what I’m salivating most is this LIST of gems showing: gosh I need to get a tix back to HK!!.
(I squeeeeeeing like a piggy, *squeesqueesqueeeeeee*!)
And the who’s who making a show of face on the red carpet! The list is astonishingly AMAZING. I can’t list them all since my jaw is still on floor, but even the ex SuJu boy Han Geng is there, just saying.
At the other end of spectrum, Kim Dong-Ho, founder of PIFF will be there to accept an honorary award. And Chow Yun-Fat.
As I’m posting/incoherently spazzing, YangMi/PD Yu/MingDao (who’s doing the next PD Yu TV extravaganza with Chen QiaoEn) are walking the red carpet, there promoting the Gong movie (arghhh).
There are lots of interesting offerings but I had to mention the remake of Chinese Ghost Story with Liu YiFei and Louis Koo. Isn’t it the ultimate time travelling shipperfanservice to have the RoCH06 XLN heating it up with the YG of RoCH95!!
I can care less of the better CGI, Chinese Ghost Story will forever be synonymous with Leslie Cheung x Joey Wang. There will never ever be a prettier couple.
The Most Gorgeous fanvid:
and trailer of the remake:
I’ve yet to pick myself up from floor coz the 1987 Chinese Ghost Story will be remastered for a theater release in April, along with talks of remastering and re-showing tonnes of HK movie classics 新龙门客栈，英雄本色，刀，青蛇，东方不败，古惑仔，赌神，国产凌凌漆，喜剧之王，甜蜜蜜，金枝玉叶，黄飞鸿系列，玉蒲团…. *breatheee* This will surely bring back my love to hit the cinemas!
This took me a GOOD hour to post, being so deliriously happy and distracted by all the clips and livestreams. *squee*