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EMP and JCE Movies donate film material to HK Film Archive

Emperor Motion Pictures and JCE Movies Limited have donated several hundred items -- contemporary films and film-related materials including film copies, costumes, props, posters and stills -- to the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) for permanent preservation.

Speaking at the "Emperor Motion Pictures.JCE Movies Donation Ceremony" today (June 16), the Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services (Heritage and Museums), Mr Gerard Tsang, pointed out that the archive was fortunate to have received a collection of representative contemporary film material in preserving Hong Kong's cinematic culture.

"There may be a prevailing misconception that only early film material will require preservation. This attitude has led, very regrettably, to the neglect and even loss of much valuable contemporary material," Mr Tsang said.

"One must realise that what's easily within reach today may very well become part of our cultural heritage tomorrow. If care is not rendered on time, they will become elusive or extinct," he said.

Since its inception, the archive has received staunch support from individuals, the film industry and the general public. Its acquisitions include 5,600 films and about 600,000 film-related items.

Mr Tsang urged the continued support of the film industry in preserving Hong Kong's cinematic culture.

Also present at today's donation ceremony were representatives of Emperor Motion Pictures and JCE Movies Limited, Mr Albert Lee and Mr Solon So, leading actor and actress of the film "Bug Me Not", Isabella Leong and Kenny Kwan.

The donated items include film copies of "The Twins Effect" (2003), "The Twins Effect II" (2004), "The Medallion" (2003), "Funeral March" (2001), "Just One Look" (2002), "New Blood" (2002), "Demi Haunted" (2002), "Every Dog Has His Date" (2001), "Forever and Ever" (2000), "Time For Hope" (2000), "Enter the Phoenix" (2004), "New Police Story" (2004), and "House of Fury" (2005), costumes and props, posters and stills of various films.

A portion of the donated film materials will be on display at the first floor of the HKFA from June 19 to July 10.

In addition, the archive will organise a series of seminars called "Meeting the Filmmakers". Film buffs will have the chance to meet the talents behind the productions to gain a better understanding of the local film industry.

Directors Kenneth Bi, Ip Kam-hung, Cheang Pou-soi, Joe Ma and Stephen Fung will show clips of their productions and share their filmmaking experiences from June 19 to July 9. All seminars will be conducted in Cantonese. Admission is free.

For programme enquiries, call 2739 2139 or 2734 2900 or browse the website: .

Ends/Thursday, June 16, 2005

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