Thursday, March 29, 2007

Hong Kong (and HKIFF), here I come! :)

Love Massacre (Hong Kong, 1981)
-- a film shot mainly in the U.S.A. that I've long wanted
(but hitherto have been unable) to view with English subtitles!

Early tomorrow morning, I'll be heading off to Hong Kong. Not permanently, mind; rather, it's just for a little more than a week. And should you wonder: yes, indeedy, re the plan being to devote a significant portion of this upcoming visit to attending screenings at the 31st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and courtesy of the related Restored Treasures program at the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)... :b

Additionally, since I trust that there are no stalkers among you(!) plus, at the same time, know that there are a few people out there who are interested in my choice of films to go view, here's going ahead and providing details (i.e., date, time, venue and movie title) of my planned film-going schedule over the next few days:-

Friday, 30th March:-
5:30 p.m. -- HK City Hall -- Nanking (U.S.A., 2006)

Saturday, 31st March:-
10:30 a.m. -- HK City Hall -- The Bimo Records (Mainland China, 2006)
3 p.m. -- HK City Hall -- After This Our Exile (Hong Kong, 2006)
6 p.m. -- HK City Hall -- Undercover (Hong Kong, 2007)

Sunday, 1st April:-
10:30 a.m. -- HK Science Museum -- Love Conquers All (Malaysia, 2006)
5 p.m. -- HKFA -- Four Moods (Taiwan, 1970)
8 p.m. -- HKFA -- Love Massacre (Hong Kong, 1981)

Monday, 2nd April:-
3 p.m. -- HK Space Museum -- One Way Street on a Turntable (Hong Kong, 2006)
9:30 p.m. -- UA Langham Place -- Half Moon (Iran & Iraq, 2006)

Tuesday, 3rd April:-
2 p.m. -- HK Science Museum -- Before the Flood (Mainland China, 2004)
7 p.m. -- HK Cultural Centre -- The Go Master (Mainland China, 2006)

Wednesday, 4th April:-
11:30 a.m. -- HK Science Museum -- Walk In (Hong Kong, 1997)
5 p.m. -- UA Langham Place -- Sway (Japan, 2006)
9:30 p.m. -- HK Cultural Centre -- I Don't Want To Sleep Alone (Malaysia & Taiwan, 2006)

Thursday, 5th April:-
5 p.m. -- HKFA -- Cold Blade (Hong Kong, 1970)
9 p.m. -- HK Cultural Centre -- Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (Japan, 2007)

All in all, a very noticeably Asia-heavy selection. But diverse in other ways in that there are a few documentaries along with 'indie', art-house plus more commercially-inclined fiction films in the mix. And some older works -- two of which (i.e., Love Massacre and Walk In) I've previously viewed, though not yet on a big screen -- along with many new ones.

Also, yes, the plan is indeed to view sixteen movies over a one week period. Some of you might think that this is crazy; others of you might think that it's not enough! Me? I'm hoping that it will prove to be neither too many or few movies and, instead, just nice. Furthermore, that none -- or, if not that, than only just a few -- of the films I've elected to see will truly disappoint.

Additionally, as far as this blog is concerned, I'm thinking that the chances are high that there won't be any new posts until after I return to Penang two Fridays from now. Rest assured though that the blog will stay open during this period that I'm away, and that I'll probably check it periodically to view and respond to your posted comments, etc. As well, here's your chance to more thoroughly look to see what's already on the rest of it...!

So until the next time... :)


Anonymous said...

Sounds terrific - have a GREAT time!!! Cheers!, Mikael ^^

YTSL said...

Hi Mikael --

Thanks, and you can count on my trying my best to have a great time. :b

Willow said...

You're going to have so much fun! Say hi to Daniel Wu for me. haha

GoldenRockProductions said...

That's a mighty list of films. Have a great time, and be sure to let us know how the films are!

YTSL said...

Hi All --

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Hi Willow --

Fun I think I'll have. Meet Daniel Wu OTOH...but hey, you never know since it is the HKIFF after all! ;)

Hi goldenrockproductions --

Will be sure to let you folks know how the films are. It's just a case of not knowing whether it'll be sooner or later... :)

Anonymous said...

Wow. That sounds great. Have a wonderful trip. I'll look forward to reading about all of it when you get back.

Anonymous said...

You have a great time insallah! My warmest regards to Sean, Ross, Tim and Grady (and Akiko san if you see her)

Like Alejna, I can't wait to read about your report.
Also judging from your celebrity spotting luck last festival, I have high hopes for you to see a few more.

And as a reminder beware of the evil air conditioner!

Anonymous said...

I don't know you figured it out already but just in case, I'm anonymous
(hahahaha this is like a swamp of words I'm sinking as I try to get out ahahhaaaaaa)

Edmund Yeo said...

I'm envious. Looking forward to your thoughts on Love Conquers All.

YTSL said...

Hi all --

Greetings from Hong Kong (where I'm accessing the internet free courtesy of Pacific Coffee)! :)

As you might imagine, I'm having a blast so far.

Alejna --

Already feel like I'll have plenty to write about after I get back to Penang.

Hi "eliza bennet" --

Hung out on Friday night with Ross, Sean and a nice Hong Kong professor friend of Sean's (Angel is her name... ;b). Had a terrifically fun four hour dinner last night with Akiko-san and David Bordwell. And am due to have lunch today with Tim and Miles at the DOG BITE DOG restaurant... ;)

And Swifty --

Haven't seen LOVE CONQUERS ALL yet. It's next on my viewing list though. :)