From the weirdness of A Nail Clipper Romance to the adrenalin of Shock Wave: the grand finale of #FEFF19!
And at 00.30, after the final film, the eagerly-awaited ceremony for the 2017 Audience Awards
UDINE – The threat of vicious mob boss Hong hangs over the city of Hong Kong. The target of his possible attack is the busy Cross-Harbor Tunnel and his terms are crystal clear: free my brother or I blow the whole place sky high! Only one man can save the day – bomb disposal expert Cheung (Andy Lau) who’s had a score to settle with Hong since he went undercover years earlier.
That, in an un-spoilered nutshell, is the plot of the most high-octane, explosive (literally!) film of the Far East Film Festival 19, the eagerly-anticipated Shock Wave by Herman Yau. So it’s going to be one of the dearest and oldest friends of the FEFF who will officially close this edition.
A big-budget action blockbuster in pure Hong Kong style which was released in Hong Kong’s cinema’s on the 20th of April, Shock Wave is the first time Herman – an icon of the independent cinema scene – has tried his hand at a blockbuster. To give you an idea of the scale of the production, as it proved impossible to stop traffic for the shoot, the entrance to the Cross-Harbor Tunnel was completely reconstructed as a set!
Obviously, the must-sees of the last day of the festival also include Jason Kwan‘s A Nail Clipper Romance, produced by another of the Festival’s best-loved and oldest friends (and based on a story he wrote): we’re talking about bad boy Pang Ho-cheung, absolute icon of unstoppable Made-in-Hong-Kong creativity who also presented his Love Off the Cuff (the third chapter of the bizarre romantic saga which began with Love in a Puff and carried on with Love in the Buff) at #FEFF19. The protagonist of Jason Kwan’s debut film, shot in Hawaii and scored by Italian composer Gabriele Roberto, is a red-haired girl on a somewhat unusual diet: she only eats… nailclippers! What more is there to say, except that A Nail Clipper Romance is a romantic comedy?
Tam Cam: The Untold Story
by Thanh Van Ngo
A fantasy film that mixes Cinderella with martial arts in an irresistible cocktail of genres!
In the spotlight from 10.00 to 10.45, the Filipino delegation of Die Beautiful. Next, from 11.00 to 11.40, we move toHong Kong (panel including the legendary Herman Yau!).
A Nail Clipper Romance
by Jason Kwan
(Hong Kong/China, 2017)
After being released from hospital following a surfing accident, Sean meets a girl at a party and falls in love. She draws him into her strange world and confesses that she follows an unusual diet: she only eats… nail clippers! Sean loses his head for her and decides to help her realize her dream of opening a bar for other nail clipper eaters. Jason Kwan makes his debut with this bizarre romantic comedy, made under the aegis of Pang Ho-cheung.
Sunday Beauty Queen
by Baby Ruth Villarama
(Philippines/Hong Kong, 2016)
For Filipino women working in Hong Kong, Sunday is their only day off. One Sunday evening, Rudelie is late getting back to the house of the family she works for and is fired for violating the curfew.
Shed Skin Papa
by Roy Szeto
(China/Hong Kong, 2016)
A surreal, satirical dramedy that will have you reconsidering the power of… skin scrubs!
by Cho Ui-seok
(South Korea, 2016)
An action-packed thriller set in the corrupt world of high finance and big business with a breathtaking finale.
by Herman Yau
(Hong Kong, 2017)
Explosives expert Hung unleashes his criminal madness on Hong Kong, his target the busy Cross-Harbor Tunnel. Only one man can save the day – bomb disposal expert Cheung, who’s had a score to settle with the crime boss since he went undercover years before. Hung’s terms: free his brother or the tunnel goes sky high. Andy Lau and Herman Yau set the screen on fire in this action thriller in pure Hong Kong style. Electrifying explosive madness!
by Kim Sung-hoon
(South Korea, 2017)
First question:do you remember Red Heat? Second question: can a South Korean policeman and a North Korean soldier work together and get along? If that’s what it takes to capture a dangerous criminal who has stolen the plates to print counterfeit banknotes then, yes, they can. And if you throw in a vendetta, redemption, the secret services and an infatuated sister-in-law, you get a fun buddy cop movie bursting with electrifying action sequences.
AUDIENCE AWARDS 2017