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HKIFF41 presents the Premiere of Will You Be There?
Acclaimed Korean star Ms CHAE Seo-jin and Director Ms HONG Ji-young
Visit Hong Kong to greet the audience


17 April 2017 (Hong Kong) – Will You Be There?made its premiere at The Grand Cinema tonight, with acclaimed Korean star Ms CHAE Seo-jin and Director Ms HONG Ji-young in attendance. Based on Guillaume MUSSO’s novel, this sci-fi time-travel romance explores the conflict between gain and lost in a relationship.

Director Ms HONG Ji-young was asked the reason why she adapted the novel story to this film, she explained “I was touched when I read the novel for the first time, I would love to share the story to the big screens for all film-lovers. I have been hoping to work on different types of films and it was wonderful to have my first attempt to direct a time-travel film.” In order to tally with the plot of the original novel, Will You Be There? was filmed in Seoul, Busan, and Cambodia. This made director HONG facing the challenge of language barrier and filming with kids at the same time. “Filming overseas, faraway inland, 85-year-old elders, kids speaking foreign language, limited helicopters – all these added burden to the casts and crew members.” The crew members were required to bellow when the helicopter was operating. Everybody got hoarse voice every day, but this is the most memorable part for the casts and crew members.

Lead Ms CHAE Seo-jin also shared her filming experience, “I am very glad to participate in this film as I love the story very much. It is a big challenge for me as an actress of a time travel and love story comparing to my work before. It was a great experience to work with director HONG. I appreciated her a lot for giving me this chance. I hope the audience would like my performance.”

Will You Be There?: A grieving surgeon (KIM Yun-seok), diagnosed with a terminal disease, comes into possession of a magical drug that allows him to travel back in time. But while visiting the young woman he once loved, he also crosses paths with his younger self. Based on Guillaume MUSSO’s novel, director HONG Ji-young (The Naked Kitchen, 2009 Summer IFF) weaves a compelling story that is part romantic melodrama, part sci-fi thriller. If you could live your life again, what would you change?

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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.

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


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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.

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