HONG KONG — The Hong Kong Asian Film Festival will open Sept. 23 with the Asian preems of Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution” and Stanley Tam’s “Breeze in July.”
The 18-day festival will close Oct. 10 with Jia Zheng-ke’s “Useless,” also an Asian preem, and Lee Chang Dong’s “Secret Sunshine” from South Korea.
Lee will be on hand to talk to tyro helmers from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong as part of a New Directors Forum.
Joining him will be Jia, Jiang Wen (“The Sun Also Rises”), Feng Xiao-gang (“Assembly”) and Pang Ho-Cheung (“Exodus”), among others. Their films will be shown as part of the fest.
Fourth edition of the fest, jointly organized by Ying E Chi and Broadway Cinematheque, will show 80 films in 63 categories including pics from Iraq, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Macau, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
New categories this year include Chinese Cinema: A New Generation, Asian Classic, Midnite Craze and Festival Gala.
There will also be a New Talent Award to promote Asian directors. Seven pics will be shown in the latter category, including Adam Wong’s “Magic Boy” from Hong Kong.