“In Broad Daylight” Director Lawrence Kan: I hope film can change the world a bitHong Kong Film Gala Presentation in Malaysia concluded successfully, includes ceremony, post-screening talks, film forums and media interviews. Malaysian filmmakers participated in this event to showcase their support.
The new season of Hong Kong Film Gala Presentation by Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) was held successfully on the 24th September 2023 at Kuala Lumpur for the Malaysia Showcase. This event brought 6 different genres of Hong Kong films to the local Malaysian audience, and showcased Hong Kong’s cinematic content and talent to audiences within the region, leading to greater appreciation of Hong Kong cinema.
Presented by Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA) in collaboration with Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) and GSC Movies (GSCM), financially supported by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) and Film Development Fund (FDF), and supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta (HKETO Jakarta) , the Hong Kong Film Gala Presentation started in Malaysia at GSC Mid Valley Megamall from Friday to Sunday, 22nd to 24th September 2023. Besides Director Lawrence Kan, two other invited guests for the events in Malaysia were veteran actor David Chiang, who plays the role of an elderly in the residential care home in “In Broad Daylight”, and Director Amos WHY of “Everyphone Everywhere”.
Malaysian film industry key players attended the opening ceremony and met with Hong Kong filmmakers, discussing the film industry development in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Guests included “At the End of Daybreak” director Ho Yuhang, “The Wedding Diary” director Adrian Teh, “Rise of the Legend” director Teng Bee, “The Kid from the Big Apple” director Jess Teong, “You Mean the World to Me” director Saw Teong Hin, “The King of Musang King” producer Aron Koh, “PASKAL: The Movie Keong” producer Chee Ang, Chinese Film Association of Malaysia president Leonard Tee, his secretary and assistant secretary David Koon and Mak Chee Choong, as well as Astro TV director Roland Lee, Head of Distribution & Co-Production of GSC Movies Esther Hau and Director General of HKETO Jakarta Lee Sheung-yuen.
A poster exhibition of the posters for the six films showcased in the event was set at the entrance of the cinema, guests and audiences can learn more about relevant information. The opening film “In Broad Daylight” is based on a true story, revealing a little-known truth about residential care homes for the disabled that hides beneath the headlines. After screening, audience gave a round of applause. Director Lawrence Kan appreciated the effort from his creation team and he was grateful to have senior actors Bowie Woo and David Chiang. He remembered when filming one of the scenes, the photographers and costume designers were moved to tears by David Chiang’s performance. It wasn’t wailing, but they were in tears naturally. It was really touching and awesome.
Other films to be premiered in Malaysia for this event includes “Vital Signs” directed by Cheuk Wan Chi, “Back Home” directed by Nate Ki, and “Deliverance” directed by Kelvin Shum, while “Wish Comes True” directed by Ling Chi Man also marks its Asian Premiere.
Esther Hau, Head of Distribution & Co-Production of GSC Movies expressed, “Hong Kong cinema is a representation of Chinese culture and heritage. Compared to films from China, Singapore and Taiwan, Hong Kong movies have long-standing significance with its brand of crime and martial arts action. The Hong Kong Film Gala Presentation held in Malaysia would be a good opportunity to nurture our younger generation’s interest and appreciation towards Hong Kong movies.”
Lee Sheung-yuen, Director-General of HKETO Jakarta appreciated all the organizers for their support, especially the three Hong Kong filmmakers who came to participate in the event. “They continue to innovate, create and produce new films, and also participate in this event to meet our audiences to facilitate cultural exchanges between film enthusiasts from different countries.”
Hong Kong Film Gala Presentation will be held in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Dubai. Stay tune to the latest news on our official website.
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