Over the first weekend in April QUAD will be hosting a series of five screenings from the CRIME: HONG KONG STYLE tour. Showcasing three classics, alongside two brand new films that have been previously unseen in the UK, this is a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with a vibrant and exciting branch of Asian cinema. Each screening will be introduced by Satori Screen’s Peter Munford.
Full detail on each of the films screening along with ticket booking links can be found below. Alternatively, you can get a pass to all five screenings for just £25, a saving of £16. To obtain a pass please drop in to QUAD’s box office or call 01332 290606.
CRIME: HONG KONG STYLE has been curated by Andy Willis (Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME) and produced by Rachel Hayward, Programme Manager: Film, assisted by Jessie Gibbs, CRIME: Hong Kong Style Project Coordinator for HOME.
CRIME: Hong Kong Style is presented with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery.
POLICE STORY (15)
Dir: Jackie Chan
Hong Kong 1985 99m
Friday April 1st at 8:45pm. BOOK TICKETS.
Following his disappointment with the US produced The Protector (1985), Hong Kong Superstar Jackie Chan wrote and directed this crime story vehicle to showcase his wide variety of skills in front of and behind the camera. The result is a hugely influential blend of action, comedy and crime and remains perhaps one of the best example of Hong Kong action cinema.
Dir: Johnnie To
Hong Kong 2005 100m
Saturday April 2nd at 6:15pm. BOOK TICKETS.
Johnnie To is one of Hong Kong’s most important contemporary filmmakers and this is one of his greatest works. Starring Hong Kong acting heavyweights Simon Yam and Tony Leung Ka-fai, Election focuses on the selection of a new triad leader and explores a string of issues from generational conflict to tradition and loyalty. At the same time Election is a pointed reflection on the politics of post-1977 Hong Kong.
THAT DEMON WITHIN (Advised 18)
Dir: Dante Lam
Hong Kong 2014 111m
Saturday April 2nd at 8:45pm. BOOK TICKETS.
The new Hong Kong action maestro Dante Lam is behind this taut and ultimately unsettling psychological thriller. Quiet and distant cop Dave (Daniel Wu) is increasingly haunted by the violent images of a criminal gang who use traditional demon masks when committing their crimes. Truth, reality and imagination begin to blur in this stylish film with which Lam once again brings a new energy to the Hong Kong crime film.
WILD CITY (Advised 15)
Dir: Ringo Lam
Hong Kong 2015 120m
Sunday April 3rd at 6:00pm. BOOK TICKETS.
Ringo Lam, the director of one of the most influential Hong Kong crime films, City On Fire (1987), returns to the crime genre with this exciting and stylish neo-noir. Starring Louis Koo and Shawn Yue, Wild City offers a classic cat and mouse tale as former cop and his wayward brother quickly get out of their depth when they take on a ruthless gang of Taiwanese gangsters.
AS TEARS GO BY (18)
Dir: Wong Kar-Wai
Hong Kong 1988 102
Sunday April 3rd at 8:30pm. BOOK TICKETS.
Award winning director Wong Kar-wai’s debut, As Tears Go By is a classic gangster film about loyalty, ambition and respect. It centres on Wah, a tough criminal specialising in debt collecting for the mob, who has to continually look out for his best friend Fly. When Ngor arrives in Hong Kong her presence makes Wah question his life. With a stellar cast including Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung and Maggie Cheung, the influence of As Tears Go By can still be seen on contemporary Hong Kong crime films over two decades after its release.