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Counter bookings for Shaw's Classics


Counter bookings for Shaws on Screen will start tomorrow (March 26) at all URBTIX outlets.

From April 8 to June 1, film buffs will be able to enjoy on the big screen 36 Shaw's film classics of different styles produced during different eras. The screenings will be held at the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) Cinema and the Hong Kong Science Museum Lecture Hall.

The special retrospective is organised by the HKFA of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department with support of Celestial Pictures Ltd. and Shaw Brothers (HK) Ltd. Twenty-three Shaw titles made in the 60s and 70s, with some in new print or restored version, will be showcased during the 27th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) as a contribution to the HKIFF.

The second section of the retrospective will screen from April 25 to June 1, a number of classics including 13 Shaw titles made in the 50s and 60s from the Archive's collection.

To complement the screenings, there will be various activities including a two-month exhibition Shaws Galaxy of Stars, related seminars and publication of a new archive book, The Shaw Screen: A Preliminary Study. It is a rare opportunity for audiences and researchers to appreciate and study the golden age of the Shaw Brothers and to reminisce about its glamorous stars, such as Linda Lin Dai, Betty Loh Tih, Ivy Ling Po, Lucilla You Min, Lily Ho, Jimmy Wang Yu, David Chiang and Peter Chen Hou.

The 23 classics shown during the HKIFF have English subtitles. They include Linda Lin Dai's splendid musical, The Kingdom and the Beauty, the superb popular romance, Love without End, The Blue and the Black Part I & II and the spectacular epic, The Last Woman of Shang. Other notable romantic titles are Jenny Hu's screen debut, Till the End of Time, and Hong Kong Nocturne starring Lily Ho, Cheng Pei-pei and Peter Chen Hou.

Those who enjoy martial arts films should not miss the late film master Chang Cheh's Golden Swallow, Have Sword Will Travel, The Heroic Ones, Vengeance, Blood Brothers and his adventurous piece for his new style of martial arts, Temple of the Red Lotus; King Hu's masterpiece, Come Drink With Me; Kung Fu master Lau Kar-leung's The 36th Chamber of Shaolin and Ching Kong's outstanding feature The Twelve Golden Medallions.

Other highlights are the legendary director Li Hanxiang's prestigious production, The Empress Dowager and The Golden Lotus, Chor Yuen's Killer Clans, Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan and The Lizard. The film, Kidnap, is based on a notorious real-life kidnap case, and Big Brother Cheng features a fictional character who challenges the underworld.

Most of the titles shown in the second part of the retrospective are first-time releases that include directors Li Hanxiang's early works, A Maiden in Distress and A Mellow Spring, Tao Qin's The Golden Trumpet and Beyond the Grave starring Lucilla You Min, Lo Chen's Kiss for Sale (1961) and Her Sister's Keeper.

Based on a classic 1937 movie, Mid-nightmare starring Betty Loh Tih is a film not to be missed.

Of the 58 Cantonese films made by the Shaws from 1957 to 1962, 30 of them starred Patricia Lam Fung who was crowned as The Jewel of Shaw by the official Shaw publications. She was voted among the Top 10 Stars in Hong Kong for eight years and her exquisite, bright and modern appearance was often compared with Hollywood's Natalie Wood.

Six Cantonese features starring Lam will be shown not only as a tribute to this 60s matinee idol but also to introduce her to the new generation of audiences. They are Sweet Girl in Terror, Glass Slippers, The Merdeka Bridge, Fan to Remember, Manhunt and This Merry World.

Most of the films in the second section are in Cantonese while Kiss for Sale, The Golden Trumpet, Mid-nightmare and Her Sister's Keeper have English and Chinese subtitles.

Tickets for Shaws On Screen are priced at $30. Half-price concessionary tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. A 10% discount will be offered for each purchase of 20 or more tickets while various discount schemes of HKIFF are applicable to section one of the programme only.

Detailed information and various discounts during the HKIFF can be obtained in the 27th HKIFF booking folder distributed at all URBTIX outlets or in the Shaws on Screen promotional booklet.

For information call 2734 2900 or browse the website: Internet bookings can be made at and reservations by phone at 2734 9009.

End/Tuesday, March 25, 2003

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