Focus Hong Kong is dedicated to celebrating the amazing cinema and filmmakers of Hong Kong, from early works to the glory days of its reign as the Hollywood of Asia, through to new and exciting films.
Hong Kong cinema has been part of CVF from its inception, with the festival having featured premieres and retrospective screenings of a long list of films, with key talent including the legendary Stanley Kwan, Jun Li, Shu Kei, Jennifer Yu, Cheung King-wai, Nicole Chan, Sunny Chan and others having been brought to the UK.
The success of the Chinese Visual Festival Hong Kong programme has inspired the launch of Focus Hong Kong, offering UK audiences even more outstanding films and opportunities to interact with guests from Hong Kong in the future. Through presenting new hits, retro classics, independent and arthouse films, documentaries, shorts and visual art to UK audiences, as well as the talents behind these productions, Focus Hong Kong highlights the creativity of Hong Kong’s filmmakers and promotes the continuing development of the Hong Kong film industry.
Following two highly successful online programmes in early 2021, Focus Hong Kong continues to explore the many different facets of Hong Kong, with screenings as part of CVF 2021 and continuing throughout the year.
As part of Focus Hong Kong, this year’s CVF opens with the UK Premiere of Drifting, from Hong Kong writer director Jun Li, whose ground-breaking trans drama Tracey screened to great acclaim at CVF in 2019. Based on a real life incident, the film is a gritty drama exploring the plight of Hong Kong’s homeless, and is already winning praise on the international festival circuit, confirming Jun Li as a passionate filmmaker committed to bringing the stories of marginalised people to the screen. The festival closes with the UK Premiere of Shadows, a riveting psycho-thriller starring Stephy Tang that has been hailed as one of the best Hong Kong films of the year, revolving around a sinister murder case in which a social worker is compelled by an inner voice to kill his family and commit suicide, and the festival also features a special screening of Johnnie To’s masterful 2003 noir police thriller PTU.