• Germany edition
 
Presented by Hong Kong Film Festival 2014
Berlin buzzing as Hong Kong films come to town
A scene from Infernal Affairs II, which will be given two screenings at the Hong Kong Film Festival in Berlin.

Berlin buzzing as Hong Kong films come to town

Published: 14 May 2014 12:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 May 2014 11:00 GMT+02:00

For the third year in a row, movie lovers are set to flock to Berlin for the Hong Kong Film Festival, which runs from May 21st - 31st. Organized by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Berlin (HKETO Berlin), the festival has rapidly become a popular event showcasing the very best of Eastern cinema.

Among the must-see attractions for 2014 is a chance to check out the highest grossing Hong Kong film of all-time - Infernal Affairs - lauded by no less than legendary Hollywood director Martin Scorsese.

Indeed, the Goodfellas-director loved Infernal Affairs so much he did an American remake - The Departed - which scooped four Oscars.

Infernal Affairs is a very good example of why I love Hong Kong cinema,” Scorsese said in a 2006 interview.

Debate has long raged over which is better – the Hong Kong original or the Hollywood remake – so decide for yourself by checking out the original Infernal Affairs, which gets two screenings on May 24th and 28th. Parts two and three of the Infernal Affairs-trilogy also get two screenings during the festival.

Kicking off the movie extravaganza on the opening night (May 21st) is the award-winning drama Unbeatable, which has been wowing audiences in Asia. It tells the story of an ex-boxing champion, on the run from loan sharks, who becomes a mentor to an up-and-coming young fighter. In case you miss it first time round, Unbeatable closes the festival on May 31st.

Other films on the bill include crime thriller Blind Detective, action movie The White Storm, both of which hit screens in Hong Kong last year. Another new release worth watching is the contemporary dance drama The Way We Dance, which claimed the Audience Award at the Asia International Film Festival Fukuoka last autumn.

The movie bill is completed with two shorter films on May 27th from Hong-Kong superstar director Dante Lam, Battle of Wits from 2004 and a new release, Better Tomorrow, which feature plotlines involving the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

CLICK HERE for the full schedule for the Hong Kong Film Festival

Hong Kong has a strong movie pedigree, releasing almost 150 films in the last three years alone, making it number one in terms of film production per capita in Asia. During the last decade, Hong Kong films have scooped more than 400 international awards.

Hollywood has also been shooting curious glances at Hong Kong, acquiring the rights to remake some of the country’s most popular films during the last decade.

The region has also become a hot-spot for international filming. In 2013 alone, no fewer than 115 overseas productions came to Hong Kong for location shooting, including the star-studded action film The Expendables 2.

Film fans will see plenty of Hong Kong in the forthcoming summer blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction, which stars Mark Wahlberg, with several scenes shot there.

Indeed, more and more directors are lining up to take advantage of the region’s unique cityscape and inject a dose of east-meets-west into their films. To capitalize on this interest the Film Services Office (FSO) of Create Hong Kong has established an office to spearhead the development of the region’s creative industries.

The FSO is offering a free one-stop service for film-makers who wish to shoot their new movies in the area, with major studios such as Warner Bros using local production resources in recent times.

Another attraction for film-makers is Hong Kong’s strong contacts in mainland China for filming and production purposes.

While the region is perhaps best known for producing action films that have attracted a loyal following around the world, it’s not all that Hong Kong cinema is about. Poignant dramas and powerful human-interest stories are among the genres recently tackled by the city's most talented writers and performers.

You can sample the best of Hong Kong’s diverse cinema at the 10-day Hong Kong Film Festival in Berlin which runs from May 21st - 31st. All movies will be shown in their original language with English subtitles.

Venue: Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Straße 2, 10785 Berlin

Web: Click here to see the full schedule for the Hong Kong film Festival

For more information, visit the HKETO Berlin website or contact Commercial & Public Relations Officer Stephanie Pall at stephanie_pall@hketoberlin.gov.hk

*This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by the Hong Kong Government Economic and Trade Office in Berlin

For more stories about Germany, join us on Facebook and Twitter

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Today's headlines
Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack
Oettinger (l) appeared to misunderstand how the internet works in his comments about the photo hack which has reportedly affected celebrities including Amber Heard (r). Photo: DPA/EPA

Oettinger blames celebs for nude photo hack

German newspapers on Tuesday ridiculed incoming EU Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger after he blamed "stupid" celebrities for having their private nude pictures hacked and spread online. READ  

Shots fired as ‘seniors’ rob Berlin security van
Police outside the Apple Store in Berlin where a security van was robbed. Photo: DPA

Shots fired as ‘seniors’ rob Berlin security van

A gang disguised as pensioners opened fire on a Berlin security van on Monday night, escaping with cash before setting their getaway car on fire. It is the second such attack in ten days. READ  

Pickpocket fools minister at anti-crime event
Ralf Jäger in front of a sign reading "eyes open and pockets closed" at the pickpocketing awareness event. Photo: DPA

Pickpocket fools minister at anti-crime event

North Rhine-Westphalia's interior minister Ralf Jäger was pickpocketed by a magician at a press conference he called on Monday to launch a campaign against pickpocketing. READ  

Berlin heart centre fiddled transplant list
Photo: DPA

Berlin heart centre fiddled transplant list

A probe into German transplant centres sparked by an organ donor scandal has revealed 14 cases of a doctor fiddling medical records at one of Germany’s leading heart centres. READ  

Lufthansa strike hits 20,000 passengers
A stranded group of travellers from Vancouver, Canada, sit and wait at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Lufthansa strike hits 20,000 passengers

UPDATE: The fourth pilots’ strike in recent weeks hit Germany’s biggest airport on Tuesday morning, with long-haul Lufthansa flights grounded at Frankfurt. Around 20,000 passengers have been affected. READ  

View from Germany
'Criminals are at work in refugee homes'
Photo: DPA/Police

'Criminals are at work in refugee homes'

A photo appearing to show a refugee being abused at a home for asylum seekers has caused outrage in Germany. The photo has been compared to those from Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Police are now investigating six cases of abuse at three different centres. READ  

Police suspect neo-Nazis of Reichstag attack
An investigator gives a sniffer dog the scent of an object found at the scene. Photo: DPA

Police suspect neo-Nazis of Reichstag attack

Investigators believe a Molotov cocktail thrown at the Reichstag building in Berlin early on Monday morning was the work of a far-right group, a police spokeswoman said on Tuesday. READ  

Unemployment rate stagnates in September
Photo: DPA

Unemployment rate stagnates in September

Unemployment in Germany stagnated in September, as clouds continue to build over Europe's biggest economy, official data showed on Tuesday. READ  

Germany struggles with Turkey Nato mission
A Bundeswehr Patriot missile in southern Turkey. Photo: DPA

Germany struggles with Turkey Nato mission

A shortage of trained troops caused more embarrassment for Germany's military on Tuesday when it emerged that more than one in four soldiers taking part in a Nato mission in Turkey are not getting their allotted time off between deployments. READ  

Spielberg to shoot spy thriller in Berlin
Spielberg (l), Amy Ryan (c) and Tom Hanks (r). Photo: DPA

Spielberg to shoot spy thriller in Berlin

Director Steven Spielberg is to shoot his next film in Germany, the Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board announced on Monday. The Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan director is turning his attention to a Cold War spy thriller. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
Immigrants have created how many German jobs?
Photo: DPA
Munich
Brit raped at Oktoberfest while going to toilet
Photo: DPA
National
Revealed: Germany's military feet of clay
Marks & Spencer
Sponsored Article
Marks and Spencer: Win €300 toward your new autumn wardrobe
Photo: Shutterstock
Society
Quiz: How good is your German?
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Thousands take to Berlin's streets for marathon
Photo: DPA
Society
'Incest should be legal,' says ethics board
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Ten noises that sound very different in German
Photo: DPA
Society
QUIZ: Can you pass the German citizenship test?
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten German words you'll never want to hear again
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,154
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd