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Hong Kong Festival Sets Mikio Naruse Tribute, Sylvia Chang Focus

Restored, color versions of “Daughters, Wives and a Mother,” and “Scattered Clouds” are set to be the highlight of a film season at next month’s Hong Kong International Film Festival which will celebrate the life and work of the late great Japanese film maker Mikio Naruse.

The festival will also show “Repast” (1951), and “Floating Clouds” (1955). A further eight more Naruse films will unspool at the HKIFF’s Cine Fan program during April and May.

Naruse, who was director, screenwriter and producer, made some 89 films spanning the end of the silent film era to 1967. And is best known for movies that reflect emotionally and profoundly on the social condition of women, especially in the post-war era.

This year is the 110th anniversary of Naruse’s birth and the 60th anniversary of “Floating Clouds.”

The festival has previously announced that Hong Kong-based Taiwanese director and actor Sylvia Chang will be its ‘film maker in focus.’ The festival will screen eight of her films including world premiere of “Murmur of the Hearts.”

The two-time Golden Horse winner will hold a master class at the festival on April 5. Other master classes announced for this year’s event will be Iran’s Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the U.K.’s Peter Greenaway and Portugal’s Pedro Costa.

The festival will unveil its full line-up on Feb. 26.

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