SIFF Asia Express | 4K version of Flowers of Shanghai to be released in HK tonight
On the evening of October 28, recommended by the Shanghai International Film Festival SIFF Asia Express, the 4K version of Flowers of Shanghai will be released at the "CineFest" special event of HKIFF44.
Although HKIFF44 was canceled Affected by the COVID-19 epidemic, to give back to fans, the Hong Kong International Film Festival Association launched a special "CineFest" event to screen selected films of HKIFF44 at K11 Art House in Tsim Sha Tsui every day from 30 September to 5 November. The 4K version of Flowers of Shanghai has been selected amid the SIFF Asia Express, allowing this classic work to be presented to Hong Kong audiences in a brand new way. According to the ticketing system provided by the organizers, Flowers of Shanghai is one of the bestselling films in the "CineFest" event.
Flowers of Shanghai is adapted from Wu Yu’s novel of the same title, which brings together stars such as Tony Leung Chao-Wei, Miyoko Haneda and Carina Lau. It is the only Shanghai-themed work directed by Hou Hsiao-hsien. In 2019, the film was restored in a 4K version with Jaeger to reproduce its ultimate beauty on screen. On June 19 of that year, the 4K version of Flowers of Shanghai had its world premiere at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, which once triggered a viewing spree among moviegoers.
Since then, recommended by the Shanghai International Film Festival, the 4K version of Flowers of Shanghai has been shown at the 11th Lumiere Film Festival, the 4th Macau International Film Festival and the 2020 Dublin International Film Festival, which have attracted warm responses from local audiences and the film industry.
In June 2019, the Shanghai International Film Festival launched the “SIFF ASIA” framework to promote exchanges and mutual learning among Asian film culture through screenings, awards, film salons and other activities. As an important part of the “SIFF ASIA” framework, “SIFF ASIA Express” has become a bridge for the cultural exchange of Asian films.
The screening of Flowers of Shanghai going from SIFF ASIA Express to Hong Kong, not only allows the local audience and film counterparts to appreciate the light and shadow charm of Chinese classics, but also a positive attempt to expand the framework of “SIFF ASIA” and promote close cooperation among Asian film force. it also fully reflects the festival orientation of the Shanghai International Film Festival, which is “based on Asia, pay attention to Chinese, and support newcomers”.