Going Behind The Camera…

The Asian Institute at the University of Toronto, part of the Munk Centre for International Studies, presents Going Behind The Camera — Hong Kong Films About Films, an evening of film screenings and panel discussion, followed by a reception. Reel Asian is pleased to be one of the co-sponsors of this event, so come out and join us for a great night of FREE films and discussion.

Friday March 28, 2008 | 5:30pm – 12:00am
Innis Town Hall | 2 Sussex Avenue @ St.George Street | FREE with reservation
Reservations are required! Click here for details and to make a reservation.

Screenings:
5:30pm – Mr. Cinema (老港正傳)
Samson Chiu Leung-Chun (趙良駿) | Hong Kong 2007 | 120min | Toronto Premiere

Forty years of Hong Kong history are seen through the eyes of the fictional Zuo Kong, film projectionist, leftist idealist and family patriarch. Kong’s life parallels some of Hong Kong’s own historical highlights, as the city experiences 60s leftist riots, 70s prosperity, the 80s boom times, 90s handover anxiety and SARS in 2003. – Vancouver Film Festival

7:40pm – The Extras (茄哩啡)

Yim Ho (嚴浩) | Hong Kong 1978 | 86min

An entertaining look at the trials and tribulations which movie extras must endure in the Hong Kong film industry. Hakky Ho (Yee Lui) is an aspiring actor who is frustrated by his lack of success, but gets an extremely low-paying job as an extra and believes he is close to finally getting his foot in the door. He soon learns otherwise, as his illusions of fame and glitz are quickly shattered by the grueling, day-to-day grind which being an extra entails. – New York Times

Discussion:
9:15pm – Infinite Patience and Madcap Impetuousity — Going Behind The Camera in Hong Kong
Colin Geddes | Ultra 8 Pictures | Toronto International Film Festival
Bart Testa | Cinema Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Reception:
10:00pm – Join guests, panelists, and event co-sponsors for a post-panel reception and afterparty until midnight!

Image of “Mr. Cinema” courtesy of the Hong Kong Movie Database