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HKIFF41 presents the Premiere of 77 Heartbreaks with star Charlene CHOI
Fruit CHAN attended post screening talk of the newly restored Made in Hong Kong


12 April 2017 (Hong Kong) – The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) is pleased to bring outstanding local cinema to audiences. 77 Heartbreaks, directed by Herman YAU, had its premiere at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre tonight, with a star-studded cast including Charlene CHOI, Michelle WAI, Gillian CHUNG and J. Arie all in attendance. The newly restored Made in Hong Kong (1997) also unveiled the “Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema” special programme. Director Fruit Chan attended the post-screening talk to meet the audience on the same night.      

After the success of last year's Sara, Herman YAU again collaborated with Charlene CHOI to make a lighthearted romance about love and pain in contemporary relationships. CHOI said at the film's premiere, “I am very delighted to team up again with Herman and Erica (screenwriter). Sara is more serious while 77 Heartbreaks is a romance drama which depicts the sacrifices in a relationship. I always hope to play different roles and I am thankful for every chance Herman gives me.”

The inaugural screening of the newly restored Made in Hong Kong, the first independent film directed by Fruit CHAN, kicked off the “Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema” programme on the same night at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. The film chronicles the exploits of lower-class teenagers during the handover period and it offers timely resonance of the society today. Fruit CHAN also attended the post-screening talk to meet the audience.

Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema” is a special programme organized by  HKIFF to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region The programme showcases twenty films that are highly representative of local cinema in the past two decades. Fourteen films will be presented during HKIFF41 while the remaining six films by young directors will be presented in August. Free admission for all screenings.

Two panel discussions from local and international film experts and critics will be held during the festival, in addition to a number of post-screening talks by the directors and creative partners. HKIFF will also present a poster and stills exhibition on Hong Kong cinema at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 12-23 April. For details, please refer to Programme & Booking Folder or website

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77 Heartbreaks:
When Eva (CHOI) ends her ten-year relationship with Adam (CHAU), he’s shocked by the sudden break-up, not until he read her private journal did he realize that she has suffered 77 heartbreaks. Though unknown to the secret contained in the journal’s torn-out last page, he is determined to win her back. When they finally resolve to start anew, Eva discovers his drunken tryst. Will she pardon him a 78th time? After the success of Sara (39th), CHOI again teams up with Herman YAU and screenwriter Erica LI for this lighthearted romance which takes an intimate look at the hit-and-miss relationship of modern love which many will find sympathetic resonance.

“Paradigm Shift: Post-97 Hong Kong Cinema”
The following fourteen films will be presented during HKIFF41:

  1. Made in Hong Kong
  2. Full Alert
  3. Beast Cops
  4. Bullets Over Summer
  5. Infernal Affairs
  6. Election
  7. Protégé
  8. Hold You Tight
  9. Shaolin Soccer
  10. Running on Karma
  11. The Warlords
  12. Love in a Puff
  13. The Grandmaster 3D
  14. The Way We Are
Director: Fruit CHAN
Director: Ringo LAM
Director: Gordon CHAN and Dante LAM
Director: Wilson YIP
Director: Andrew LAU and Alan MAK
Director: Johnnie TO
Director: Derek YEE
Director: Stanley KWAN
Director: Stephen CHOW
Director: Johnnie TO and WAI Ka-fai
Director: Peter Ho-sun CHAN
Director: PANG Ho-cheung
Director: WONG Kar Wai
Director: Ann HUI

The following six films will be presented in August:

  1. Love Battlefield
  2. High Noon
  3. Gallants
  4. The Way We Dance
  5. Port of Call 
  6. Trivisa 
Director: CHEANG Pou-Soi
Director: Heiward MAK
Director: Derek KWOK and Clement CHENG
Director: Adam WONG
Director: Philip YUNG
Director: Frank HUI, Jevons AU and Vicky WONG


About The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of the Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films.

Screening around 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event. For the past seven years, HKIFF has also produced and premiered anthologies of short films by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia such as Ann HUI, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, JIA Zhangke, Brillante MENDOZA, NAKATA Hideo, TSAI Ming-liang, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL and among others. From 2017, HKIFF will collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will world premiere at HKIFF.

Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talents. Festival-goers enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, participate in receptions and parties, and more.

The Festival draws extensive media coverage from over 300 local and international members of the press and continues to grow in importance as one of the premier platforms to launch films in Asia.

The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) will be held from 11 to 25 April 2017.


About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS/Society) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organizes the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The repertory HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers through a monthly programme of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

Through its annual programmes, the Society promotes international appreciation of Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese film culture; introduces world cinema to Hong Kong audiences; and continues to underline Hong Kong’s key position in the international film community.

HKIFFS’s dedication to quality and intelligent programming, its devotion to the discovery of new areas of filmmaking in Asia and China, its exceptional work for Hong Kong cinema, seminars and acclaimed publications, gives it a unique and respected international reputation that helps promote Hong Kong cinema at home and abroad.

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