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Film director to share global production experience

Film director Peter Chan will be the guest at a seminar on "Perspective of Pan-Asian Cinema" at 4.30pm on Saturday (October 9) at the Cinema of the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) where he will share with audiences his experiences in regional and global market film production.

The seminar will be conducted in Cantonese and admission is free.

Dedicated to the preservation of Hong Kong's film heritage, the Archive collects and conserves films and artefacts and conducts a wide variety of activities that promote Hong Kong's film culture and facilitate research on the history of local cinema. Since it's opening, the Archive has acquired donations from various people including those from the film industry.

From October 8 to 10, the Archive's cinema will screen three films donated recently by Applause Pictures and two productions by directors from Southeast Asian countries in its new programme "Donor's Showcase: First Round of Applause".

Applause Pictures, which was founded in 2000 by Peter Chan and his filmmaking partners Teddy Chen and Allan Fung, 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 market place.

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

"Golden Chicken" narrates the rise and fall of Hong Kong in the last decade through the eyes of a prostitute played by Sandra Ng. With "Three Going-Home", Leon Lai won the Best Actor Award at the 39th Golden Horse Awards. In "The Eye", the directors, Pang Brothers, give a new interpretation of the ancient nightmare of "seeing dead people" with its modernist jazzy editing.

With Christy Chung as the leading actress, "Jan Dara" shows the vibrant, raw tropical energy of the Thai film industry while Korean director Hur Jin-ho blends the altering seasons into a soothing narrative of life's ever-changing spells in "One Fine Spring Day".

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 Recipents.

For programme information call 27392139, 2734 2900 or visit Resevations can be made by phone on 2734 9009 or on the Internet at .

Ends/Wednesday, October 6, 2004
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