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Donor's showcase on Pan-Asian Productions at Film Archive

The Hong Kong Film Archive of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department will showcase three films donated by Applause Pictures, a pan-Asian production house, and two productions by directors from Southeast Asian countries in "Donor's Showcase: First Round of Applause" from October 8 to 10 at the Archive Cinema.

All five films are either produced or directed by director Peter Chan. They include the three donated films "Golden Chicken", "The Eye" and "Three Going-Home" and the two Applause productions "Jan Dara" and "One Fine Spring Day".

Director Chan and his film co-workers will share their experiences with audiences during the seminar "Perspective of Pan-Asian Cinema" at 4.30pm on October 9 at the Cinema of the Archive. The seminar will be in Cantonese.

Applause Pictures was founded in 2000 by Peter Chan and his filmmaking partners Teddy Chen and Allan Fung. In the past four years, the company has utilised talent and resources from Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, and Korea to forge financing and co-production agreements across the borders, strengthening and maximising the potential of pan-Asian productions in the regional and global marketplace.

Through the eyes of a prostitute by Sandra Ng, "Golden Chicken" (2002) narrates the rise and fall of Hong Kong in the last two decades from economic powerhouse to ailing metropolis. The heavyweight cameo appearances of Andy Lau, Tony Leung Kar-fai, and Hu Jun make it a fun-filled carousel.

In "Three-Going Home"(2002), Chan, together with cinematographer Chris Doyle, brings a brilliant rework of horror, science fiction, tradition and suspense in a most unconventional love story. Leon Lai won the Best Actor Award at the 39th Golden Horse Awards.

In "The Eye" (2002) Angelica Lee, who has earned many honours for her performance, portrays a woman inheriting not only the donor's vision but also a glimpse into the realm of the undead. The directors, Pang Brothers, give a new interpretation to the ancient nightmare of "seeing dead people", with its post-modernist jazzy editing and pallid cinematography.

Featuring a young adult torn between obsessions with his sexy, westernised stepmother, Christy Chung, his manipulative stepsister and his young love, the director of "Jan Dara" (2001), Nonzee Nimibutr, shows the vibrant, raw tropical energy of Thai film industry.

When passion subsides, love fades as unnoticing as the seasons change. In "One Fine Spring Day" (2001),. Korean director Hur Jin-ho can rightly stake the claim as the young maestro in blending the altering seasons into a soothing narrative of life's ever-changing spells.

Tickets priced at $30 are available at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients.

For programme information call 2739 2139, 2734 2900 or visit or . Reservations can be made by phone on 2734 9009 or on the Internet at .

Ends/Friday,September 17, 2004
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