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Filmmakers, cinema shine bright in New York

Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng autographs the poster of her film "Golden Chickensss" (2014) which stages its North American premiere in the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center on June 27.

Hong Kong directors and writers Alan Mak (left) and Felix Chong autograph the poster of their film "Overheard 3" (2014), which stages its international premiere in the opening night of the New York Asian Film Festival at Lincoln Center on June 27.

Sandra Ng (second from left), Alan Mak (second from right) and Felix Chong (far left) with Acting Director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York Paul Cheung (far right), at the news conference for the "Hong Kong Forever!" series.

Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng speaks at the opening night reception of the New York Asian Film Festival's "Hong Kong Forever!" series at Lincoln Center on June 27.

Ms. Ng (center), Mr. Mak (far right) and Mr. Chong (second from right) with Mr. Cheung (second fromleft) and Co-Founder and Executive Director of New York Asian Film Festival Goran Topalovic (far left) at the opening night reception of the "Hong Kong Forever!" series.

Ms. Ng (second from left) photographed with New York Asian Film Festival sponsors and organizers after receiving the Star Asia Award. Also present is Hong Kong film director Peter Chan (third from left).

A total of 14 Hong Kong films are screening under the theme “Hong Kong Forever!” at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) in Lincoln Center from June 27 till July 10. Hong Kong’s award-winning “Queen of Comedy” Sandra Ng and dynamic director-writer duo, Alan Mak and Felix Chong, attended the reception and post-screening Q&A sessions on opening night.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York (HKETONY) to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the series showcases a renewed vigor and strength of the films that made Hong Kong cinema known throughout Asia and the world. Most of the titles in the series were released in 2013 and 2014.

Speaking at the opening-night reception in Lincoln Center, Acting Director of HKETONY Paul Cheung said most of the Hong Kong films were being brought to the film-savvy audience in New York for the first time.

This year’s festival, showcasing the diverse genres of crime thriller, comedy and drama, will feature nine Hong Kong movies making a premiere: one international premiere, six in North America and two in New York.

Mr. Cheung added that, “The Hong Kong Government has been strongly supporting the long-term development of the creative industry through various initiatives. For example, the Government injected US$39 million into the Film Development Fund in 2007. Since then, it has funded 30 films and over 100 film-related projects so far, and many of them have achieved remarkable results.”

Ms. Ng, who produced and led a star-studded cast in the third installment of the franchise “Golden Chickensss” (2014), received the NYAFF’s Star Asia Award on June 27, making her the first Hong Kong actress to receive the honor. It marked the North American premiere of “Golden Chickensss” at the festival.

Making its international premiere at the festival is “Overheard 3” (2014), the latest installment of the hugely successful action-thriller trilogy. The film’s Mr. Mak and Mr. Chong made their mark in cowriting and creating the classic “Infernal Affairs” trilogy. Its Hollywood version, “The Departed” (2006) won four Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay.

The festival also has a separate program sponsored by HKETONY to pay tribute to legendary film maestro Sir Run Run Shaw, who passed away in Hong Kong this year. The retrospective will screen eight films, which are a mix of period martial arts, action and horror films, produced by the Shaw Brothers’ Studio from 1967 to 1983.


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