The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, presented by National Bank, proudly presents the Spring Showcase: Hong Kong Spirit Films Series. This event is supported by Presenting Sponsor, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada), and Community Sponsor, the Asian Institute at University of Toronto.
The Hong Kong Spirit Film Series is one of many events taking place in the city in honour of Hong Kong-Canada relations co-organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada), and will spotlight three Toronto premieres of exciting, diverse and award-winning films from Hong Kong.
All screenings are free admission and will place at AGO Jackman Hall on May 16 & 17, 2014.
THE WAY WE DANCE 狂舞派
(Cantonese with English subtitles, 1h50min)
Friday, May 16 at 7:00pm – AGO Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St W - FREE ADMISSION
Dir. Adam Wong 黃修平 in attendance. Q&A to follow after the screening.
Free screening. Line up starts at 6:30pm.
Growing up in an ancestral tofu shop, Fleur (Cherry Ngan) is a Hip Hop genius. To chase her Hip Hop dance dreams Fleur joins BombA, the coolest dance troupe on the university campus. Life is good until her signature dance style is mocked by her own crew, leaving Fleur without a creative outlet. Her last resort is to join the much-avoided Tai Chi Club. As Fleur learns to cope with the ever-changing pace of life, she learns how far she is willing to go for her passion. Trailer
The Way We Dance took home three awards at the 2014 Hong Kong Film Awards: Best New Director (Adam Wong), Best New Actor (BabyJohn Choi) and Best Original Song.
ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW 歲月神偷
(Cantonese with English subtitles, 2h)
Saturday, May 17 at 3:30pm – AGO Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St W - FREE ADMISSION
Dir. Alex Law 羅啟銳
Free screening. Line up starts at 2:45pm. Beautiful 35mm film print!
It's 1969 and Desmond Law is a sixteen-year-old who is the pride and joy of his working-class parents. His mother and father (played by Sandra Ng and Simon Yam) work hard to send him to a fine private school, even though it's no easy task on Dad's salary as a shoemaker. Desmond's eight-year-old brother, Big Ears, is the troublemaker in the household. At a time when the world seems to be turning upside down, the family struggles to stay together as they face the challenges life presents them. Trailer
Echoes of the Rainbow was awarded the Crystal Bear at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival for children's film, and Best Actor (Simon Yam), Best Screenplay, Best New Performer & Best Orignal Song at the 2010 Hong Kong Film Awards.
AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT 救火英雄
(Cantonese with English subtitles, 1h55min)
Saturday, May 17th at 7:00pm - AGO Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St W - FREE ADMISSION
Dir. Derek Kwok 郭子健
Free screening. Line up starts at 6:15pm
The firefighters of Hong Kong's Pillar Point division are expecting a quiet night to see of their retiring Chief. They find their faith in each other stretched to the limits when a small fire at a liquor warehouse threatens to plunge the whole of Hong Kong into darkness if it spreads to a nearby power plant. Politics, rivalry and suspicion all come into play when dubious decisions are made, warnings are ignored and colleagues start to fall. Can the Pillar Point brotherhood survive the night, if not the fire, with their trust in each other intact? Starring Nicolas Tse, Shawn Yue, Simon Yam and Hu Jun. Trailer
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