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Programmes Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Film Archive
To mark its 20th anniversary, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will present "Treasure-Hunt Stories", with the theme of "acquisition and sharing". From April to December, the HKFA will screen 36 archival gems collected between 1992 and 2012, sharing the classics with donors, cinephiles and researchers who have overwhelmingly supported the HKFA.
The opening film is the 4K digitally restored version of director King Hu's "The Valiant Ones" (1975), which will be premiered on April 30 at the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre (HKCC). The film carries the classic signature of Hu in martial arts choreography and aesthetics. It tells of a famous general in the Ming dynasty fighting against marauding Japanese pirates with a band of lionhearted warriors.
To complement the screening, the HKFA will organise a special exhibition entitled "Treasure-Hunt Stories' - The Valiant Ones" at the Foyer Exhibition Area E1of the HKCC from April 20 to May 4, showcasing the acquisition story and the restoration process of "The Valiant Ones". Admission is free.
In addition, the HKFA will hold a free outdoor screening on October 27 at the HKCC Piazza C, with "Feast of a Rich Family" (1959) to be shown. Moreover, "Days of Being Wild" (midnight screening version) (1990) will be screened on December 4 at the Grand Theatre of the HKCC. Other films will be screened at the HKFA Cinema from June 5 to December 31. Some of the screenings will be accompanied by post-screening talks hosted by HKFA staff and donors, sharing the acquisition journey and the stories of the donated items, which will enable audiences to understand the full life span of the HKFA's collection.
Apart from screening the archival items, other celebration events of the HKFA's 20th Anniversary include an open day and exhibitions. An HKFA 20th Anniversary souvenir booklet is being published as well.