This year’s Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) will screen the digitally remastered films of Bruce Lee, as well as a special programme to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Shakespeare Live In Film will showcase three very different interpretations of Macbeth with Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood (1957), starring Mifune Toshiro; Roman Polanski’s The Tragedy Of Macbeth (1971), which proved controversial for its violence and nudity; and Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015), starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
HKIFF will also present other films based on Shakespeare’s plays in its CineFan April and May programme.
The festival’s Bruce Lee focus will present four of the films he made before his untimely death – The Big Boss (1971), Fist of Fury (1972), The Way Of The Dragon (1972) and The Game Of Death (1978) – in a new 4K digital format.
This year’s HKIFF, which marks its 40th edition, will run from March 21 to April 4. The opening night takes place a few days after the end of Filmart (March 14-17), rather than coinciding with the beginning of the Hong Kong contents market as in previous years.
However, the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), which is also managed by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS), will take place during Filmart as usual.