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Western China Film Festival opens tonight

"Western China Film Festival", jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the South China Film Industry Workers Union, opens tonight (October 15) at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum.

Officiating at the opening ceremony are the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Chung Ling-hoi, the Chairman of South China Film Industry Workers Union Mr Chow Chung and President of Western Movie Group Mr Yan Yiyun.

Other guests include director of the opening film "The Swordsman in Double-Flag Town", He Ping, leading actress of "The Story of Ermei", Yu Nan and other celebrities.

From now until November 7, 15 most representative Western China films will be shown at the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Science Museum, the Cinema of the Hong Kong Film Archive and the Lecture Hall of the Hong Kong Space Museum.

The opening film, "The Swordsman in Double-Flag Town", features a young man who comes to a dusty desert village to claim his bride and provokes the wrath of the Lethal Swordsman. Another production of He's, "Red Firecracker Green Firecracker", is about a young woman, who has to behave as a man in her own factory, falls in love with an itinerant artist and turns the household in turmoil.

Both films were highly acclaimed in various film festivals. "The Swordsman in Double-Flag Town" won the Film Critic Award at Berlin International Film Festival (1993), Best Ten Chinese Films of the Hong Kong Film Awards (1992), Best Film at Yubari International Fantasy Film Festival, Japan (1992), Best Cinematography - Film Cinematography Society, Beijing (1992) and Best Art Design - Golden Rooster Awards (1991). "Red Firecracker Green Firecracker" won the Best Director, Best Art Design and Best Co-operation at Golden Rooster Awards (1994) and the Best Feature Film at Hawaii International Film Festival (1994).

Other highlights are the new release of Wang Quan'an, "The Story of Ermei"; award wining films, "Old Well" and "Life" by Wu Tianming; "King of Children"by Chen Kaige; "Red Sorghum"starring Gong Li and Jiang Wen; "The Black Cannon Incident" by Huang Jianxin; "In the Wild Mountains"by Yan Xuexu; "Pretty Big Foot" by Yang Yazhou; three films "Sweet Grass", "A Tree in Desert" and "A Woman from North Shaanxi" by Zhou Youchao and two films on Yellow River, "Ballad of the Yellow River" by Teng Wenji and "The Yellow River Bends Here" by Jin Yin.

All films are in Putonghua. "Life" and "Old Well" have Chinese subtitles while all other films carry both Chinese and English subtitles.

Tickets priced at $40 per screening are available at all 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 2734 2900, 2780 5355 or 2527 7284, or visit . Reservations can be made by phone on 2734 9009 or on the internet at .

Ends/Friday, October 15, 2004
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