The Hong Kong Film Panorama in Thessaloniki will feature the following films. For details of the programme, please see the attached leaflet.
Director: Johnnie To
Producer: Johnnie To, Daniel Lam, Chiu Suet-Ying
Cast: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Gordon Lam Ka-tung, Law Wing-Cheong...
Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To takes the role of the playful entertainer once more with the director kicking up his feet between tense thrillers to craft a breezy hometown crime caper. Set to a perky exotica soundtrack, a team of dapper pickpockets and a mystery woman on the run flit about the city in a cat-and-mouse games and battles of wits. Compact, comic and always eager to charm its audience, Sparrow's urban playtime comes both with deliberate touches of local character to play up its downtown surrounding and subtle infusions of classic European cinema style.
The Grandmaster (一代宗師)
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Producer: Wong Kar-Waqi, Jacky Pang Yee-Wah
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan...
Directed by acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, The Grandmaster is an epic action feature inspired by the life and times of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man. The story spans the tumultuous Republican era that followed the fall of China's last dynasty, a time of chaos, division and war that was also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations that include the snow-swept landscapes of Northeast China and the subtropical South, The Grandmaster features virtuoso performances by some of the greatest stars of contemporary Asian cinema, including Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang.
Director: Johnnie To
Cast: Simon Yam Tat-Wah, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Louis Koo Tin-Lok, ...
Depicting a civil war for the top spot of a fictional triad society, HK filmmaker Johnnie To gives an amazingly comprehensive portrait of life in a typical triad society, including the generational conflicts, the precarious power balance between the triads and the police, and even real triad rituals.
The Assassin (聶隱娘)
Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Producer: Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Liao Ching-Sung
Cast: Shu Qi, Chang Chen, Zhou Yun, Sheu Fang-Yi, Ni Dahong, ...
Based on a classic novella by Pei Xing, the Taiwan-China-Hong Kong production The Assassin tells the tale of Nie Yinniang, a black-clad assassin who dispatches corrupt officials at the behest of Taoist nun Jiaxin. In the prologue, Yinniang decides not to kill one of her targets because he has a son. Noting this, Jiaxin next asks Yinniang to kill her own cousin, regional governor Tian Ji'an, who was once promised to be Yinniang's husband. The marriage was arranged during childhood, but Yinniang was soon shuttled off to Jiaxin's care thus breaking the engagement. An escort mission puts Yinniang's father, General Nie Feng in danger, while Tian Ji'an's favored concubine Huji is rumored to be pregnant. The latter news does not sit well with Tian Ji'an's wife, Lady Tian.
Dragon Blade (天降雄獅)
Director: Daniel Lee
Producer: Jackie Chan, Susanna Tsang Pui-San
Cast: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Choi Si-Won
The historical action epic Dragon Blade by HK filmmaker Daniel Lee takes place during the Han Dynasty. The story centers on the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions (Jackie Chan), who joins forces with Roman general Lucius (John Cusack) to protect China's sovereignty as power-crazed Tiberius (Adrien Brody) seeks to defeat Lucius once and for all.