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‘The Assassin,’ ‘Irrational Man’ To Bookend HK Summer Festival

The assassin Cannes Film Festival
Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin” will play as the opening of next month’s Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival (SIFF), a popular spin off event of the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man” will close the festival that runs Aug 11-25.

In between, the SIFF will play a further 30 films, including “Wild City,” the return to Hong Kong of top local director Ringo lam, who has not made a Hong Kong film for over 10 years.

Contemporary Japanese films screening include “Love & Peace,” by Sono Sion, “Yakuza Apocalypse,” by Miike Takashi, “Prophecy,” by Nikamura Yoshihiro and “Flying Colors,” directed by Doi Nobuhiro.

Classics include a restored version of “A Touch of Zen,” by King Hu, “The Double Life of Veronique,” directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, and “Love Letter,” by Iwai Shunji.

The festival is also screening a six title Hollywood 1930s retrospective: “Trouble in Paradise,” “It Happened One Night,” “My Man Godfrey,” “His Girl Friday,” “The Philadelphia” and “The Lady Eve.”

Hou, who scooped the best director award at Cannes, where “The Assassin” premiered, will give a masterclass presentation during the SIFF.