Spanish filmgoers discovered more Hong Kong films this year, thanks to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) and Create Hong Kong, which supported the 17th Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic, Spain on 23-26 July 2020.
The Asian Summer Film Festival, which opened with a Hong Kong Film Night, featured 25 films, of which five
Addressing the audience at a business reception by video link on 23 July 2020, Acting Deputy Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Mr Paul Leung, thanked the organisers for their efforts in bringing Hong Kong films to Spanish audiences in particularly challenging circumstances this year. He also thanked the Government of Vic for their continued support.
Mr Leung said films were one of the best ambassadors of
The Government was supporting the Hong Kong film industry to get through a difficult period this year. It has allocated around EUR 29 million under the Film Development Fund to help increase the number of local film productions, nurture young directors and scriptwriting talents and enhance professional training to add value to the industry.
Mr Leung added that HKETO, Brussels has been supporting the Asian Summer Film Festival in Vic for 10 consecutive years, and hoped that the cooperation would continue. He wished the Festival every success.
The Deputy Mayor of Vic, Ms Susagna Roura, also spoke at the business reception hosted by HKETO, Brussels .
Hong Kong productions and co-productions at the festival
Enter the fat dragon - Sammo Hung (1978)
Ah Lung is a farmer and a Bruce Lee fanatic. He wants to follow in the footsteps of Master Lee, but keeps making a fool of himself. His luck changes when he goes to town to work at his uncle's restaurant. Sammo Hung perfectly imitates Master Bruce Lee (with whom he worked on the original Enter the Dragon) in a comic film that is not a parody, but a great tribute. This adventure is full of exceptional action choreography and an ironic and politically incorrect sense of humour.
I'm living it - Wong Hing Fan (2020)
Bowen is a disgraced finance shark. After going to prison, he now lives on the streets of Hong Kong, along with other homeless people, with whom he sleeps in a fast food restaurant. With 10 nominations at the Hong Kong Film Awards, 'I'm living it'; is a poignant and emotional film in which Aaron Kwok's superb performance has been recognised and awarded at numerous festivals.
Wild, Wild Bunch (Chasing the dragon 2) - Wong Jing and Jason Kwan (2020)
Before 1997, criminal genius Logan shocks Hong Kong by abducting the eldest sons of Hong Kong tycoons. Wong Jing brings us an old-school thriller, with the action stylings that have served Hong Kong for the last decades.
Enter the fat dragon - Kenji Tanigaki and Wong Jing (2020)
The 200 plus pounds special agent Fallon Zhu loses his convict in custody in Japan. This is the delightful Donnie Yen action-comedy, fun and full of action sequences very well-choreographed, shot and edited. It's kinetic and bombastic, an ode to the 80s funniest Kung Fu films.
Ip Man 4: The Finale – Wilson Yip (2019)
After the death of his wife, Ip Man, a master of Chinese martial arts and philosophy, travels with his son to the United States, invited by his famous disciple Bruce Lee. He soon discovers that the relationship between the Chinese and the Americans is complex and full of racist attitudes. This is the culmination of a tetralogy that has become the history of contemporary cinema, not only to comprehensively capture the life of Master Ip Man, but also for his outstanding cinematic virtues. This last chapter of the series dazzles us again for its precious historical recreation, for the excellent choreographies and for showing, once again, martial arts as a remedy for injustices, this time exemplified in bullying and racism.
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