The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) supported the 16th Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, Spain, on 15-21 July 2019.
The Asian Summer Film Festival featured 32 films this year, of which six were Hong Kong productions or co-productions.
Officiating at the Night of Hong Kong Film on 17 July, Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Mr Sam Hui, thanked the organizers for their efforts in bringing Hong Kong films to Spanish audiences.
Mr Hui said Hong Kong has one of the largest and most dynamic film entertainment industries in the world. In 2018, more than 50 locally-produced films were released in Hong Kong, among them some are co-productions with Mainland China. The Hong Kong film industry can continue to flourish because of Hong Kong's diverse and international culture, our strong protection of freedom of expression, as well as a solid legal system that protects the intellectual property rights of artists and producers.
The Night of Hong Kong Film comprised the screening of Lee Chiu's documentary, "I am the White Tiger", about English stuntman Mark Houghton who is a legend of martial arts in the Hong Kong film industry. This was followed by a screening of Pang Ho-Cheung's film "Missbehaviour". The evening was concluded by an outdoor Cantonese dinner followed by the international premiere, at the Festival and on the online Movistar+ platform, of Yan Jia's film "The Knight of the Shadows, Between Yin and Yang".
New this year at the festival was a "Sunday Marathon" on 21 July, a succession of movies which included two Hong Kong films, Kam Ka-wai's "Big Brother" and Chin Kar-Lok "Golden Job". There was also a special screening of Ringo Lam's cult film, "Full Contact" on 19 July, as a tribute to the late director.