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'A Tale of Three Cities' in N.Y
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From left: HKETONY Director Steve Barclay with filmmaking duo Mabel Cheung and Alex Law, meets with the media at a news conference for "A Tale of Three Cities" at the HKETONY office.

Mr. Barclay (left) joins Ms. Cheung (second from right), Mr. Law (second from left) and Executive Director of Asian CineVision John Woo at the news conference on July 22.

Ms. Cheung (center) and Mr. Law (first left) attend a post-screening question-and-answer session for "A Tale of Three Cities" on July 23.

Award-winning filmmakers Mabel Cheung and Alex Law attended a special screening of their movie “A Tale of Three Cities” (2015) in New York on July 23. Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY), the film was the centerpiece presentation of the 2016 Asian American International Film Festival.

The film is based on the true story of Jackie Chan’s parents and explores the pursuit of love in turbulent times, facing adversity and in constant movement from place to place.

Set in the war-torn years of the 1930s and ’40s, the film follows the story of the lead characters, played by Sean Lau and Tang Wei, as it unfolds in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Wuhu.

Ms. Cheung and Mr. Law have won multiple awards for their impressive work. Ms. Cheung won Best Director for “Illegal Immigrant” at the 1986 Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Original Screenplay for “Painted Faces” in 1988 and Best Original Screenplay at the 1998 Golden Horse Awards for “City of Glass.”

Mr. Law won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for “Painted Faces” at the 1988 Golden Horse Awards, Best Screenplay for “An Autumn’s Tale” at the 1988 Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Original Screenplay for “City of Glass” at the 1998 Golden Horse Awards and Best Screenplay for “Echoes of the Rainbow” at the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards.

At a meet-the-audience session after the screening, Ms. Cheung and Mr. Law shared some behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the film. The story was adapted from the feature documentary “Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan and his Lost Family,” which was also made by the duo and based on the extraordinary lives of Chan’s parents. On July 22, Ms. Cheung and Mr. Law met with members of the New York media at a news conference held at the HKETONY office.


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