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HK film strengths and talents highlighted in BAM


Hong Kong Financial Secretary John C. Tsang noted the vast HK-US co-production opportunities for filmmakers to tap the Mainland Chinese market in his remarks made at a reception in the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) on October 6.

Launching the BAM’s “Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy” film series through Oct 12, the reception was sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York (HKETONY).

In his opening remarks, Mr. Tsang pointed out that the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), Hong Kong’s free trade agreement with mainland China, has been a groundbreaking arrangement, vastly expanding Hong Kong’s access to the Mainland’s fast-growing movie market. Overseas film companies can also take advantage of the arrangement by incorporating in Hong Kong, as CEPA is nationality neutral.

He noted the rich pool of film talents in HK, who garnered more than 300 international awards for HK films in the past decade.

Addressing a full house at the opening-night screening of Chow’s “The God of Cookery,” Director of HKETONY Steve Barclay noted that this was his office’s inaugural collaboration with BAMcinématek to present a Hong Kong film series to the New York audience. The eight-film retrospective of the comedy king was also the first of its kind to review Chow’s works in North America.

Stephen Chow’s films made box office hits throughout HK and Asia in the 1990s. He went on to became an international sensation with Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle in the early 2000s. The latter was the highest-grossing foreign film of 2005 in North America and was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. It also received the Best Foreign Language Film Award from several notable critics societies, including Boston and Chicago.

Hong Kong Financial Secretary John C. Tsang officiates at the opening-night reception for the “Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy” film series.
Hong Kong Financial Secretary John C. Tsang officiates at the opening-night reception for the “Stephen Chow: The King of Comedy” film series.
Director of Hong Kong Economic Trade Office New York Steve Barclay welcomes a full-house audience on the opening-night screening of Stephen Chow's “The God of Cookery.”
Director of Hong Kong Economic Trade Office New York Steve Barclay welcomes a full-house audience on the opening-night screening of Stephen Chow's “The God of Cookery.”
Stephen Chow in “The God of Cookery” which he also directed.
Stephen Chow in “The God of Cookery” which he also directed.


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