After a hiatus of three years, the Hong Kong Film Festival returned to Singapore this year with a strong lineup of six titles.
Opening the festival on April 8 was Crossing Hennessy, a romantic comedy starring Jackie Cheung and Tang Wei, with the presence of the film's director Ivy Ho.
Speaking at the gala opening, the director of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Singapore (HKETO) Subrina Chow said, "These movies, which have not been shown in Singapore cinemas before, will not only show Hong Kong filmmakers' talents but will also reveal the evolving character of the charming city and the seven million people who make it tick."
The festival also featured award-winning documentary KJ: Music & Life, Ann Hui's award-winning drama The Way We Are, iconic animation McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten and thriller Black Ransom.
Organised by the HKETO in Singapore and Golden Village Mutliplex, the four-day festival ended on April 11 with the closing film Prince of Tears, directed by Yonfan who also attended the festival.
Four of the six films were presented in their original Cantonese language, a rare treat for Singapore audience as all Cantonese films are required to dub in Mandarin for theatrical release in the country.
HKETO, the representative office of Hong Kong in the ASEAN region, previously organized two Hong Kong Film Festivals in Singapore, in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Co-organisers Golden Village Multiplex hopes that the success of this year's festival would make it an annual event.