Fans of crime thrillers in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, saw some classics of the genre in the Hong Kong Police Films Programme, a film event co-organised by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels (HKETO, Brussels) and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) on 28 September - 1 October 2017.
The films screened in the Hong Kong Police Film Programme included such box office hits as "Infernal Affairs" by Andrew Law and Alan Mak, "Police Story" by Jackie Chan, "Enter the Dragon" by Robert Clouse and "Hard Boiled" by John Woo.
This was the third year in a row that HKETO, Brussels partnered with the TIFF to bring Hong Kong films to Greek movie lovers. Last year, the Festival presented a Hong Kong Martial Arts Film programme.
Addressing the audience before the screening of "Infernal Affairs" at the John Cassavetes theatre in the Port of Thessaloniki on 28 September, Assistant Representative of HKETO, Brussels, Mr Jeffrey Chim, said 2017 is a milestone year for Hong Kong as we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. With a mix of Chinese and Western influences, Hong Kong remains a place of open borders and open minds that allows talent and creativity to flourish.
Mr Chim remarked that Hong Kong has one of the largest and most dynamic film entertainment industries in the world, with 61 Hong Kong films released in the city in 2016.
"Hong Kong produces many different kinds of film, but kung fu films and police stories remain firm favourites with audiences. This cinematic universe is evident in the selection of police films in this programme, which ranges from movies like "Infernal Affairs", which received global critical acclaim and inspired Hollywood's Martin Scorsese to shoot an Oscar-winning remake, to the classic "Enter the Dragon", considered one of the greatest films of all time in its genre." He encouraged guests to return to see other Hong Kong cinematic gems in the programme.
During his visit to Thessaloniki, Mr Chim also seized the opportunity to meet with representatives of the local business chambers and the university.