Hong Kong Film Festival coming up Sept 09

I grew up on a staple of Hong Kong films. Hong Kong movie directors are particularly adept at making action movies and thrillers; the stuff I like. I may be biased but I find these Hong Kong movies to be so much better than the standard Hollywood fare.

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One of my all-time favourites is the Infernal Affairs series. If you haven't seen this, you really don't know what you're missing. The first one came out in 2002, directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It tells the story of a police officer who infiltrates the crime gang, and a police mole secretly working for the same gang. If that sounds like the storyline of The Departed, that's because The Departed is a 2006 remake of Infernal Affairs. Yes, as in The Departed that won four Academy Awards including Best Picture, and a Best Director win for Martin what is better viagra or levitra Scorsese; with a star-studded cast that included Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Martin Sheen etc.

I think it's amazing that the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association has taken the initiative to put together the 2009 Hong Kong Kong Film Festival. At Euroasia, we often encourage our clients to see foreign language films to get a better feel of the language and culture they are studying.  Seeing films of people interacting in a foreign language allows us to vicariously experience diverse cultural environments.  I learn a lot from movies. I can genuinely say it's “professional development” time.

It does look like the five films selected by my friend, filmmaker Alex Lee of Asia NZ Film Foundation, are truly excellent. I recommend that you go check them out at Rialto Newmarket 17-20 September.

Thur 17th Sept

True Women for Sale — 6.30pm

Protégé — 8.30pm

Fri 18th Sept

Three Kingdoms — 6.30pm

Beast Stalker — 8.30pm

Sat 19th Sept

Protégé — 1.45pm

The Way We Are — 4.30pm

Beast Stalker — 6.15pm

The Three Kingdoms — 8.30pm

Sun 20th Sept

The Three Kingdoms — 1.45pm

The Way We Are — 4.30pm

Protégé —

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6.15pm

True Women for Sale — 8.30pm

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Kenneth is Director of Euroasia. He is passionate about languages and cultures.