Following a highly successful Chinese New Year launch event, Focus Hong Kong presents a second programme of films running online in the UK from late March. This Easter edition of the festival runs online from 31st March to 6th April 2021 inclusive,giving audiences across the UK the chance to watch a carefully curated selection of some of the best new Hong Kong films of the last year along with much-loved classics.
For its Easter edition, Focus Hong Kong features a fantastic and diverse line-up of films, including the UK premieres of inspirational sports drama I Still Remember, following characters trying to become runners as they face up to challenges in their lives, Beyond the Dream, a sensitive drama dealing with mental illness, winner of multiple awards and the highest-grossing domestic film in Hong Kong in 2020, and romance My Prince Edward, one of the most acclaimed Hong Kong films of recent years, starring Stephy Tang.
For its classics strand, the festival has selected Throw Down, legendary director Johnnie To’s 2004 martial arts homage to the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, and Once Upon a Time in China, Tsui Hark and Jet Li’s legendary 1991 martial arts epic, which is still considered one of the best genre films of all time, both presented in full 1080p and sourced from 4K restorations.
The programme also includes award-winning transgender drama Tracey, the first of its kind from Hong Kong, presented with our partners Queer East, and features a free to view selection of short films from the Hong Kong Fresh Wave Competition, renowned as the hothouse for future talent in the Hong Kong industry.
Focus Hong Kong is a UK film festival dedicated to celebrating the amazing cinema and filmmakers of Hong Kong, from early works to the glory days of its reign as the Hollywood of Asia, through to new and exciting films. Focus Hong Kong screens a wide range of new releases and classics, films which are vibrant, exciting, innovative and artistic, and which above all are uniquely Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London is the major partner of Focus Hong Kong, powered by Shift72 and run by the team behind Chinese Visual Festival (CVF), which has been bringing the best in Chinese language cinema to UK audiences since 2011.
Miss Winky So, Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office London, said, “Our office is delighted to support the Easter Edition of Focus Hong Kong, which offers an exciting line up of new and classic Hong Kong films of different genres.”
Films are available either individually or as part of a specially-priced Festival Pass, with an Early Bird discount, and tickets are on sale now on the Focus Hong Kong Shift72 website.