Hong Kong cinema at Istanbul Modern
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
Echoes of the Rainb owBetween May 10 and 20, Istanbul Modern Cinema will present a selection of seven films from the emerging cinema of Hong Kong. Among the films in the selection are “Echoes of the Rainbow” (Sui yuet san tau), which won the Crystal Bear at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival and is considered one of the top 10 movies of 2010 in China; “Gallants” (Da lui toi), which was selected as best movie at the Hong Kong Film Awards; and The Drunkard (Jiu tu), based on the 1963 novel by Liu Yichang, a prominent author in Hong Kong literature.
Directed by Alex Law and starring Simon Yam and Sandra Ng, “Echoes of the Rainbow” is set in 1960s British Hong Kong. It tells the story of 8-year-old Jin-Er, who lives with his parents and his 16-year-old brother Jin-Yi in a shoe shop on Wing Lee Street. Jin-Er looks up to his brother, who is a champion runner at the local high school, earns top grades, is a talented musician and is very popular; and Jin-Er’s parents and teachers often scold him for not being as good as his big brother.
“Gallants” is a comedy film directed by Derek Kwok and Clement Cheng and stars Leung Siu-lung, Chen Kuan-tai and Teddy Robin. In modern day Hong Kong, Leung King-cheung received a job from his real estate company to handle a dispute in a village in the New Territories. Leung arrives and meets with two old martial artists, Tiger and Dragon, who are being bullied by the young Chung Sang-mang (MC Jin) and his crew.
The story of Freddie Wong’s “The Drunkard” is set in 1960s Hong Kong; Mr. Lau is a writer who migrated from Shanghai and now lives in a city with no need for serious literature. He is forced to make a living by writing popular martial arts stories and pulp fiction and can only seek solace from alcohol and women.
The film screenings are free for museum visitors.