The Hong Kong Arts Centre has unveiled its Moving Images Programme for the month of November, which includes Once in a Blue Moon – Experimental Images by Ko I-cheng as well as their monthly signature programme Golden Scene Selection. Here are all the details.
Once in a Blue Moon – Experimental Images by Ko I-cheng
The film Blue Moon is separated into five parts, respectively labeled “red”, “orange”, “yellow”, “green” and “blue”. These parts can be presented in different orders, weaving 120 possible stories of a romantic triangle. This experimental film breathes the mysteriousness, possibilities and impermanence of romance; it also explores the nature of urbanity and how people live and love in a city.
Director Ko I-cheng will introduce his film in a video before each screening starts and he will attend the post screening video chat of the screening of Blue Moon (Audience’s Choice) , Jessey Tsang (Hong Kong director) and Dr. Timmy Chen (Research Assistant Professor of the Academy of Film at the Hong Kong Baptist University ) will be the moderators. It will be conducted in Mandarin only.
The first screening of Blue Moon is the director’s cut and the second screening is the audience’s choice. The Hong Kong Arts Centre will organise a colour lottery for our audience starting from 11 October to decide on the Audience’s Choice Screening! For more details, please refer to the Hong Kong Arts Centre website, Facebook or Instagram. The Hong Kong Arts Centre will select one of the audience members’ selected version for the screening. The selected audience will get the prizes for two tickets packages for the screenings of Blue Moon (Each package includes one ticket for Blue Moon (Director’s Cut), one ticket for Blue Moon (Audience’s Choice) and 1 set of snack with a glass of mocktail (available from 20:00 – 01:00).
A “blue moon” refers to something that happens only once in a lifetime, or is a rare second full moon in the same calendar month. Cuen-shu and A-gua were classmates and grew up together. One day, they meet a woman called Yi-fang while they are playing softball, and both end up falling in love with her. On an evening of a blue moon, the three try to clear up the clouds of their intricate love triangle.
“Individual Tickets” and “Screening Tickets Package” are available on putyourself.in now.
Golden Scene Selection – November
Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre
Date: 2019.11.18 – 2019.11.29
Price: Standard ticket: $80. Tickets are available at PUTYOURSELF.in.
“Golden Scene Selection”, proudly presented by the Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) and Golden Scene Company Limited, will bring the audience a series of cherry-picked selections from around the world at the HKAC.
18/11 (Mon) 7:30pm The Garden of Evening Mists (Preview)*
21/11 (Thu) 7:30pm The Garden of Evening Mists (Preview)*
22/11 (Fri) 7:30pm Lion Rock*
24/11 (Sun) 2:30pm Only the Cat Knows
24/11 (Sun) 4:30pm Lion Rock*
25/11 (Mon) 7:30pm Till We Meet Again (Preview)*
27/11 (Wed) 7:30pm Till We Meet Again (Preview)* (additional screening)
29/11 (Fri) 7:30pm Till We Meet Again (Preview)*
*With after-screening discussion (conducted in Cantonese).
The Garden of Evening Mists (Preview)
Director: Tom Lin
Cast: Sylvia Chang, Angelica Lee, Abe Hiroshi, David Oakes, Julian Sands, John Hannah
Malaysia| 2019 | 120’ | In English, Mandarin and Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour
18/11 (Mon) 7:30pm*
21/11 (Thu) 7:30pm*
*Veteran film critic Thomas Shin will attend the after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).
Taiwanese director Tom Lin (Starry Starry Night, Zinnia Flower) adapts Malaysian writer Tan Twan Eng’s Man Booker Prize-nominated novel into this elegant, star-studded drama about memory, loss and the art of gardening. After her retirement, former judge Yun Ling goes to the Cameron Highlands to write her memoirs. In the process, she remembers her time in a Japanese civilian internment camp during World War II and a promise she made to her late sister to build a Japanese garden at the family home. Despite her resentment towards the Japanese, Yun Ling becomes an apprentice under Aritomo, who was the Japanese emperor’s gardener before moving to Malaysia.
Director: Nick Leung
Cast: Alex Lam, Michelle Wai, Kevin Chu, Angela Yuen
Hong Kong | 2019 | 95’ | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles, supports Cantonese Audio Description | DCP | Colour
22/11 (Fri) 7:30pm *
24/11 (Sun) 4:30pm*
*Lion Rock is based on the true story of famous rock climber Lai Chi Wai. Director Nick Leung and Lai Chi Wai will attend the after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).
In 2011, Lai Chi-wai – one of the top rock climbers in Asia – lost everything when a motorcycle accident took away his ability to walk. Rather than succumbing to his fate, Lai found his own way of scaling those dizzying peaks again. With his second feature, Nick Leung offers a remarkable change of pace, eschewing the macabre humour of his debut Get Outta Here for an inspiring and touching tale about how a human being overcomes adversity. Featuring a career-best performance from Alex Lam as the wheelchair-bound athlete, this incredible fact-based story is a rousing tribute to Hong Kong’s never-say-die spirit.
Only the Cat Knows
Director: Syoutarou Kobayasi
Cast: Tatsuya Fuji, Chieko Baisho, Mikako Ichikawa
Japan | 2019 | 104’ | In Japanese with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour
24/11 (Sun) 2:30pm
Masaru just retired and he and his wife Yukiko are expecting to have a quiet life with their cat, CHIBI, after their kids have left home. Yukiko feels that she was abandoned by her husband, who has never expressed appreciation for her years of support, let alone his love for her. One day, their loving cat CHIBI disappears. However, Masaru does not seem to care about it at all. His attitude triggers Yukiko to decide that it is time for them to divorce. After a long, intense discussion, Masaru confesses a story to her, which he has held in secret for years.
Till We Meet Again(Preview)
Director: Steven Ma
Cast: Steven Ma, Josephine Koo, Jennifer Yu, Himmy Wong, Wong Chiu Yum, Ling Hiu Wa
Hong Kong | 2019 | 97’ | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour
25/11 (Mon) 7:30pm*
27/11 (Wed) 7:30pm^
29/11 (Fri) 7:30pm^
*Veteran film critic Keeto Lam and actor Himmy Wong will attend the after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).
^Director Steven Ma will attend the after-screening talk (conducted in Cantonese).
Ng Ga Wai longs for the moment to meet her mom, they haven’t seen each other for almost 10 years. However, Ah Mui – his loving mother, insists to not meet her son, she even gives instructions to others to obstruct her son’s visit.
In the meantime, a memory that was meant to be forgotten appeared. He remembers what he did to his mother, and an unforgiving sin that leads Ah Mui to leave the family for almost 10 years…