5 November 2021 (Friday) Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Film Awards Academy (AFA Academy), in collaboration with Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC), GSC Movies (GSCM), with the financial support of Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) and Film Development Fund (FDF), and support of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO), kicks off the “Hong Kong Film Gala Presentation 2021” in Kuala Lumpur today.
The 3-day programme featuring six recent Hong Kong films, runs from 5 to 7 November at GSC Mid Valley Megamall.
The programme opening and afternoon premiere features Adam WONG’s The Way We Keep Dancing, the eagerly anticipated sequel to his popular 2013 success The Way We Dance on street dance culture in Hong Kong. This time, the dancers including Cherry NGAN and Babyjohn CHOI from the original cast, are faced with gentrification of the district that has nurtured their creativity.
Audiences of the afternoon premiere were invited to participate in a virtual Q&A session with director Adam Wong and Golden Scene Company Limited representative Felix Tsang who shared their experience in film making and the production of the movie.
The evening premiere presents musician and actor CHIU Sin Hang’s impressive directorial debut One Second Champion. The film topped the box office upon release in March. Born with the ability to see one second into the future, a father takes up prize fighting to fund surgery for his hearing-impaired son.
Another film come from the director Jun LI’s Drifting, his second feature after having made a significant impact with his directorial debut Tracey in 2018. It has garnered multiple nominations for the Asian Film Awards and the Golden Horse Awards. Drifting takes a close look at the homeless, as it features an outstanding ensemble of actors and shows a sensitive approach to an important social issue.
The programme also includes two directorial debuts showing the continued emergence of talents in the Hong Kong film industry. Actor-turned-filmmaker CHAN Kin Long’s Hand Rolled Cigarette, is a gritty bromance drama born out of the much-lauded First Feature Film Initiative, and depicts two men who transcend their cultural and racial differences to form a brotherhood.
Renowned Hong Kong production designer and art director MAN Lim Chung follows one of Hong Kong’s most influential filmmakers, Ann HUI, in his directorial debut Keep Rolling. This documentary ranges over HUI’s 40-year career, its ups and downs, and also her family and upbringing. HUI is the first Asian woman director to receive Venice’s Golden Lion Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The programme will close with Septet: The Story of Hong Kong directed by seven of Hong Kong’s most revered auteurs – Sammo HUNG, Ann HUI, Patrick TAM, YUEN