Thursday, July 28, 2011


The Ching Siu Tung directed THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE receives good reviews from international buyers
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Andy Lau and Deanie Ip in A SIMPLE LIFE play employer and maid

Ann Hui honestly says that she would like to compete in Venice before she retires

SEEDIQ BALE takes place in Taiwan during colonial times

Masanobu Ando
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The Ann Hui On Wa directed, Andy Lau Tak Wa and Deanie Ip Tak Han starred A SIMPLE LIFE (TOH JEH) will be the only Hong Kong film to compete in the 68th Venice Film Festival in September. Hui On Wa excitedly that her dream of many years has finally come truth. Ip Tak Han was overjoyed to receive the good news as she excitedly said, "That's very fortunate, this is the result of the entire team's group effort. Actually I am unfamiliar with foreign film festivals and only have a deeper impression of the Oscars. This time my film will be able to go overseas for the first time, it is very rare for even more people to learn about Hong Kong film. I once read a Time magazine report online that the top ten Eastern films are all action films. In the eyes of foreigners Chinese films seem to only be martial art or action films. This time A SIMPLE LIFE is different, it is a refined drama. I hope foreign viewers would know that Eastern films have many different genres as well. I am even more excited about walking the film festival red carpet holding 'Jai Jai' Lau Tak Wa's hand." Sister Deanie joked that she immediately asked an image director to fix her up with film festival fashion and head over there early to adjust to the time difference.

Lau Tak Wa's DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME (DIK YUN KIT ji TUNG TIN DAI GOK) also competed. Wa Jai was excited about attending the Venice Film Festival for a second year. "Working with Sister Deanie is rare enough, now we can even hold hands and walk the red carpet. Of course I am happy. I again create another memorable experience with Sister Deanie in my life. At the same time I am pleased to see Chinese film getting attention. Go! Hong Kong film!" Hui On Wa also excitedly said, "I waited for over ten years, now my dream is finally fulfilled. I am the happiest that as soon as Venice chair Marco Muller saw the film he immediately invited it to the festival. I didn't have to wait, ha! It's truly too great. I really have to thank Sister Deanie and Wa Jai's exciting performances." In addition, Taiwan director Wei Te-Sheng's SEEDIQ BALE and Ching Siu Tung's THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE were also selected. SEEDIQ producer John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) happily said, "Director Wei Te-Sheng truly is amazing." SORCERER will also hold its global premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The selections will be announced later.

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