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Hong Kong films in spotlight at New York festival

Film director Ringo Lam attends the news conference of "Hong Kong Panorama," organized by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York, and autographs the "Full Alert" (1997) poster.

The 2015 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) featured 11 eclectic and outstanding Hong Kong films, many of which were making their U.S. premieres.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York (HKETONY), the festival presented new releases and classics under the “Hong Kong Panorama” banner at the Lincoln Center and SVA Theatre from June 26 to July 11. They included the world premiere of “Robbery” (2015), the North American premieres of “Insanity” (2014), “Port of Call” (2015) and “Two Thumbs Up” (2015), the U.S. premiere of “Full Strike” (2015) and the New York premiere of “It's Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong” (2015).

The festival presented the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and Star Asia Award to award-winning director Ringo Lam and superstar Aaron Kwok, respectively, in recognition of their predominant influence and contribution.

Speaking at the opening night reception, Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay said the Hong Kong government will continue to actively support and promote the Hong Kong film industry worldwide.

Initiatives include additional funding to the Film Development Fund, which was set up to encourage more local film productions and nurture production talent; the Film Production Grant Scheme for small-budget productions; and the First Feature Film Initiative to identify and nurture new talents.

Superstar Aaron Kwok autographs the poster for "Port of Call" (2015).

The office has been sponsoring NYAFF for seven consecutive years to bring Hong Kong film directors, actors/actresses and films to U.S. audiences.  

Mr. Lam was hailed by The New York Times as “Hong Kong Crime Master” for his gangster-noir movies. This was the first time he attended the international film festival circuit after a years-long hiatus.

Also attending the festival was Aaron Kwok who made history in winning the Golden Horse Best Actor award in back-to-back years (2005, 2006). He brought with him to New York his latest work, “Port of Call” (2015), which was the opening night film.

Young emerging screenwriter and director Lau Ho-leung attended the North American premiere of his movie “Two Thumbs Up” (2015) on July 5. This marked his directorial debut after being a screenwriter for 20 films of various genres. The movie is a dark comedy about four incompetent gangsters bound by loyalty and opportunity.

Aaron Kwok attends the news conference of "Hong Kong Panorama."

Aaron Kwok (second from left), Ringo Lam (second from right) join Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay (left) and executive director of NYAFF Goran Topalovic (right) at the news conference.

Aaron Kwok receives the Star Asia Award at Lincoln Center in New York.

Aaron Kwok (third from left), HKETONY Director Steve Barclay (left), NYAFF executive director Goran Topalovic (second from left), NYAFF co-director Samuel Jamier (fourth from left), at the Star Asia Award presentation ceremony.
Ringo Lam receives the prestigious NYAFF Lifetime Achievement Award.

HKETONY Director Steve Barclay welcomes Lau Ho-leung (right) to the NYAFF.


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