Focus Hong Kong Launches in the UK with Online Event in February 2021

Focus Hong Kong is a new 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 festival launches with an online Chinese New Year event, followed by a further screening programme in late March.

The first edition of the festival runs online from 9th to 15th February 2021, giving audiences across the UK the chance to celebrate Chinese New Year with a fantastic selection of new and classic Hong Kong films. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London is the major partner of Focus Hong Kong, powered by Shift72’s FestivalScope system 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.

A Witness Out of the Blue

For its Chinese New Year edition, Focus Hong Kong features an exciting line-up of films, all of which are UK online premieres, including a brand new 2K restoration of Tsui Hark’s immortal fantasy wuxia classic Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain, acclaimed contemporary anthology Memories to Choke On, Drinks to Wash them Down, offbeat murder mystery A Witness Out of the Blue, Andrew Fung’s dark psychodrama Till We Meet Again, and the thrilling martial arts drama The Empty Hands starring Stephy Tang and Chapman To. The festival also 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.

The Empty Hands

Miss Winky So, Director-General of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office London, said, “Our office is delighted to sponsor the Focus Hong Kong, a brand new film festival that showcases the dynamic film industry of Hong Kong in the UK during the festive season of the Chinese New Year.”

Films are available either individually or as part of a specially-priced Festival Pass, and tickets are on sale now on the Focus Hong Kong FestivalScope platform.