Hong Kong Classics Reimagined | Celebrating Filmmaking in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Classics Reimagined
Hong Kong Classics Reimagined

I rarely post about non-Singaporean events, but well, I grew up watching AND studying many of these movies, so it’s well worth a mention to me.

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) recently unveiled a new docufilm titled Hong Kong Classics Reimagined on Friday (May 17) in Cannes, France. Premiering during the Marché du Film at the 77th Cannes Film Festival, the 60-minute showcase pays homage to classic Hong Kong movies while aiming to ignite the wanderlust of film lovers around the world.

In conjunction with the premiere of the docufilm, HKTB is also excited to unveil a dedicated movie tourism guide on its official website. This comprehensive guide showcases how travellers can transform their cinematic inspiration into unforgettable travel experiences in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong films @ Cannes 2024
Hong Kong films at Cannes 2024.

A Tribute to the Giants of Hong Kong Cinema

Hong Kong Classics Reimagined is a celebration of the rich legacy of filmmaking in Hong Kong. Comprising six short films across genres including thriller, action, comedy, kung fu, romance, and art, the 60-minute showcase offers a captivating window into Hong Kong’s unique charm and vibrant cultural heritage in full cinematic glory.

Each of the shorts was inspired by some of Hong Kong’s most iconic films and cinema moments, re-imagined by six different directors as a tribute to the city’s most legendary filmmakers. The shorts feature some of the biggest established and emerging names in contemporary Hong Kong film – including superstars Sylvia Chang, George Lam, and Karen Mok – and were filmed at some of the city’s most recognisable locations. Following its premiere, Hong Kong Classics Reimagined will continue to inspire audiences worldwide as it becomes available online.

Hong Kong Classics Reimagined - Hong Kong Movie Tourism Docufilm
The six short films include all the genres Hong Kong cinema is beloved for. Thriller, action, comedy, kung fu, romance, and of course, art.

Dr. Pang Yiu-Kai, Chairman of Hong Kong Tourism Board says, “The influence of movies reaches far beyond entertainment, igniting travel inspiration and desire. Through ‘Hong Kong Classics Reimagined,’ we pay tribute to timeless classics in Hong Kong’s cinematic history and revitalise them with a fresh burst of energy. We hope to inspire audiences from around the world to bring their cinematic dreams to life, creating unforgettable experiences in the captivating city of Hong Kong.”

Award-winning actress Ms. Sylvia Chang, who plays the lead role in one of the shorts in the docufilm, shared her experience of the project. She expressed that she had a deep appreciation for the beauty of Hong Kong throughout the filming process with director Man Lim Chung. She mentioned that Hong Kong’s urban areas and suburbs are closely connected, and within just a few tens of minutes, one can travel from the bustling city to beaches, countryside parks, and reservoirs, all of which boast beautiful scenery.

She further expressed, “I have always regarded Hong Kong as a blessed place, and I hope that visitors to Hong Kong will not only engage in shopping but also discover the scenic beauty it has to offer.”

Veteran film producer Joseph Chan Sinn-Gi, who was responsible for producing four of the short films, mentioned that he has lived in Hong Kong from childhood to adulthood and has a deep love for every detail of his city. He expressed, “I hope that visitors can come to Hong Kong frequently, create joyful moments, discover different opportunities here, experience Hong Kong’s flexible and vibrant side, and enjoy the delicious food and friendly hospitality.”

What Are the Six Short Films About?

GenreTitleHong Kong Classic Movies
mentioned in the Docufilm
Filming locations of the short filmBy
ArtIllicitFallen AngelsM+, Pottinger Street (Stone Slabs Street), Soho CentralProducer: Joseph Chan Sinn-Gi
Director: Wing Shya
Featuring: Karen Mok
ThrillerDéjà vuInfernal Affairs, One Nite in MongkokHi-Fi Shop, MongkokProducer: Cora Yim
Director: Lawrence Kan
Featuring: Ling Man-lung, Stanley Yau, Angela Yuen
ActionLa Rose Noire Vs La Rose Noire 2023Black RoseCentral MarketProducer: Joseph Chan Sinn-Gi
Director: Kenji Tanigak
Featuring: Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung, Kenny Kwan
ComedyPassion CallThe Private Eyes, Fight Back to SchoolTemple StreetProducer: Julia Chu
Director: KK Wong
Featuring: Lam Ka Tung, Locker, Cheung Siu Fai
Kung FuThe Raw OystersEight Taels of GoldOi!Producer: Joseph Chan Sinn-Gi
Director: Lemon Liu
Featuring: Sammo Hung, Michelle Yim, Kevin Kam-Yin Chu
RomanceSomewhere In TimePassion, A Moment of Romance, An Autumn’s TaleStar FerryProducer: Joseph Chan Sinn-Gi
Director: Man Lim Chung
Featuring: Sylvia Chang, George Lam


Watch Hong Kong Classics Reimagined.

From Reel to Reality

Emphasising the allure of movie tourism in Hong Kong, the digital movie tourism guide seeks to inspire travellers to experience the beauty of the city beyond the silver screen, via a curated selection of experiences that allows them to recreate the magic of some of Hong Kong’s most iconic movies.

Whether taking the iconic Star Ferry or sharing romantic moments like Sylvia Chang and George Lam did in the docufilm, or listening to records at a stereo shop in the vibrant creative district of Sham Shui Po or re-enacting the famous scene in Infernal Affairs, or taking an open-top bus to retrace the footsteps of the actors on a motorcycle to drive through a tunnel in Wong Kar Wai’s Fallen Angels, or participating in a martial arts class as a tribute to legendary kung fu master Bruce Lee, travellers are invited to be enchanted by the city’s cinematic charm in real life.

In addition, HKTB has also recently collaborated with popular Thai actor and Asian Film Awards’ Youth Ambassador, Mario Maurer on a promotional video paying tribute to Hong Kong Cinema.

Besides dressing up as the protagonists of HK film classics like Chungking Express and The Lucky Guy to explore the classic Hong Kong film locations, Mario Maurer also revisited the locations from the film 77 Heartwarmings, in which he starred in with Charlene Choi.  

For more information on “Hong Kong Classics Reimagined” and to explore the captivating world of movie tourism in Hong Kong, please visit the official website to start planning your next adventure.

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