One of the biggest events on Hong Kong's film festival calendar - the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival - has revealed its full line-up, which will open on 28 October with She Remembers, He Forgets
, the new film from Adam Wong, who caused a splash two years ago with The Way We Dance
. Also sharing opening duties this year is Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart.
The festival will run until 22 November, closing out with the world premiere of Nick Cheung's second directorial effort, Keeper of Darkness
She Remembers, He Forgets is described as follows by the festival:
Ten years into her marriage with Shing-Wah (Jan Lamb), Fung-Chi (Miriam Yeung) finds herself unhappy with her humdrum life both at work and at home. One day, a song she hears on her old friend's blog brings on a wave of nostalgia as she recalls her school days with her two best friends, back when the limits of reality lived in the distant future and their dreams soared as high as imagination could take them. Inspired by Alan Tam's iconic pop ballad "The Root of Love", director Adam Wong's highly anticipated follow-up to sleeper hit The Way We Dance is a poignant, heartfelt drama about treasuring the present by keeping the lessons of the past alive.
They also have this to say about Keeper of Darkness:
After making his directing debut last year with Hungry Ghost Ritual, Nick Cheung continues to hold down the fort for Hong Kong horror with his second directorial effort. The award-winning actor- director stars as street-smart exorcist Wong who has a unique method of dealing with vengeful spirits: He negotiates with them and persuades them to let go of their grudges. After recordings of his exorcisms go viral, Wong attracts the attentions of a murderous spirit who's targeting mediums, as well as a troublesome reporter who takes great interest in Wong and his close relationship with a female spirit. Cheung, who cites YouTube videos as an inspiration for the film, blends horror, detective and gangster genre elements into a distinct supernatural suspense thriller.
The festival features a host of local premieres for some of the year's biggest Asian titles, including the likes of Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Journey to the Shore, Kitano Takeshi's Ryuzo & His Seven Henchmen, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendour, Kawase Naomi's An, Sono Sion's Tag, Guan Hu's Mr. Six and Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Then, to name just a few. The festival also includes its regular Taiwanese Cinema showcase, a spotlight on Indonesian Cinema as well as a retrospective on the work of Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo.
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