A new UK film festival celebrating the amazing cinema of Hong Kong takes place online 9-15 February.
UK fans of Hong Kong cinema have something to look forward to during February in lockdown with the launch of Focus Hong Kong, a new 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.
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 selection of new and classic Hong Kong films, including a 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, the latest film from Andrew Fung, 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.
Focus Hong Kong is run by members of the Chinese Visual Festival team, and 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, which is powered by Shift72’s FestivalScope system.
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.”
Focus Hong Kong is curated and run by CVF’s Andrew Heskins and James Mudge:
Andrew Heskins is the founder of easternKicks.com, a passion project that has grown into one of the world’s most prominent voices on East Asian film, with a regular podcast, appearances on BBC radio and television, and hosting events such as a BAFTA Masterclass.
James Mudge is the Festival Director of Chinese Visual Festival, and the CEO of The Next Day, a film production and communications company working between the UK and Asia.
The festival will screen another online programme in March, and will return later in the year for its first full edition.