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Taiwan Arts Festival ✕ Hong Kong Arts Centre – To Rise at Dawn. To Muse at Dusk: Film Retrospective of Wang Toon

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November 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Taiwan Arts Festival ✕ Hong Kong Arts Centre – To Rise at Dawn. To Muse at Dusk: Film Retrospective of Wang Toon

Date:17-22 NOV 2020 Fri-Sun

About the programme

Wang Toon is one of the pioneers of the New Taiwanese Cinema movement and a pivotal figure in pan-Chinese cinema. His work witnesses the tumultuous history of Taiwan, bringing great cultural depth and richness. Wang honours the integrity and humanity of ordinary people who strive in extraordinarily difficult times, surviving extreme turmoil and pains, while keeping hope and purpose alive. His works have won both popular appeal and critical acclaim. Curated by Hong Kong Arts Centre, this is the first retrospective of Wang in Hong Kong, presenting seven of his classics. He will also visit Hong Kong to chat with the audience in a masterclass.

For more: https://hk.taiwan.culture.tw/information

About the artist

Wang Toon

Wang Toon’s film career has spanned over 50 years with 15 fiction features under his helm. His works appeared in numerous international film festivals and won multiple Golden Horse Awards. He was honoured by the National Awards for Arts from the National Culture and Arts Foundation of Taiwan. In 2019, he was the winner a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Golden Horse Film Awards, and served as the head of its jury. His collaborators include King Hu, Wu Nien-jen, Tsai Ming-liang, Mark Lee Ping-bing, and Imamura Shohei amongst others.


Programme List

▲With after-screening talk conducted in Cantonese or Mandarin.

Date/Time:17 NOV 2020 Tue 19:30▲
Screening programme:A Way We Go


Trilogy of Modern Taiwan

Dubbed the “Trilogy of Modern Taiwan” (1987 – 1992), these masterpieces of Wang Toon render the history and sentiments of common modern Taiwanese, and are important filmic works of Taiwanese ruralist traditions.

Date/Time:19 NOV 2020 Thu 19:30▲
Screening programme: Strawman

Date/Time:20 NOV 2020 Fri 19:30▲
Screening programme: Banana Paradise

Date/Time:21 NOV 2020 Sat 14:30▲
Screening programme: Hill of No Return


Date/Time:21 NOV 2020 Sat 19:30▲
Screening programme:Red Persimmon

Date/Time:22 NOV 2020 Sun 14:30
Screening programme:Run Away (Screening with Wang Toon’s short film:The Ritual)

Masterclass with Wang Toon
22 NOV 2020 Sun 17:00


Taiwan Arts Festival Closing Film

Date/Time:22 NOV 2020 Sun 19:30▲
Screening programme:Where the Wind Settles

2015 | 126 mins | In Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles | DCP | Colour

Wang Toon took five years to prepare for this historical romance epic with breathtaking scenes and spectacular mise-en-scène. Trained in art direction and faithful to his period set, Wang drew the storyboard by himself. Sets of houses from the 1940s and 1950s and Guling Street were rebuilt for this film.


Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Tickets are available at URBTIX

Ticket Prices:
Individual tickets: $80 / $64*
Masterclass tickets: $55 / $44*

*20% discount for tickets for full-time students, senior citizens aged 60 or above, and people with disabilities and the minder and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients.

*20% off for each purchase of 4 or more standard tickets.

For details and ticketing enquiries, please refer to here

Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong 香港藝術中心古天樂電影院
Hong Kong, China

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