If you have ever gotten into an argument with your parents or grandparents about whether a Hong Kong film is the same be it in Mandarin or the original Cantonese version, it’s time to experience the truth.

From July 26 to August 1, watch a total of seven Hong Kong films spanning two decades, from 1997 to 2017. Start with Who’s the Man, Who’s the Woman (1997) and Double Tap (2000), starring beloved Hong Kong film icon Leslie Cheung, and catch up with more recent titles Two Wrongs Make a Right (2017), In Your Dreams (2017), Happiness (2016), Cherry Returns (2016) and She Remembers, He Forgets (2015). All films will be shown in their original dialect, which is Cantonese, and subtitled in English and Chinese.

Some jokes, especially puns, are simply lost in translation even though Cantonese and Mandarin have the same base alphabet. As more young Singaporeans take up dialect classes these days in a bid to better communicate with the elderly, dialect is not dead in Singapore – not yet! Bring your Cantonese-speaking friends and relatives along with you to the screenings and double the enjoyment.

 

Opening Night: Who’s the Woman, Who’s the Man 金枝玉叶2
(M18: Mature Content)
Thursday, July 26, 7.30pm; second session Sunday, July 29, 4.30pm

Leslie Cheung plays songwriter Sam, while Jordan Chan plays Anita Yuen's best friend. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Leslie Cheung plays songwriter Sam, while Jordan Chan plays Anita Yuen’s best friend. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

This is a sequel to He’s a Woman, She’s a Man (1994), with newcomer pop star Wing (Anita Yuen) moving in with well-known songwriter Sam (Leslie Cheung). While Wing is actually a woman, this fact is known only to Sam and his close confidantes, including his ex, Rose (Carina Liu, in a cameo), and his gay manager, Auntie (Eric Tsang). Meanwhile, reclusive former megastar Fan (Anita Mui) moves into the apartment downstairs, falls for Sam and gets close to Wing. Complications arise when Wing asks Fan to pretend to be her lover to ward off suspicions about Sam’s sexuality, and Fan actually reciprocates without knowing that Wing is really a girl. If that isn’t enough, Fan and Wing star in a movie together, with the former playing a man and the latter a woman.

 

Double Tap 枪王
(PG13: Some Violence)
Saturday, July 28, 4.35pm; Wednesday, Aug 1, 7.30pm

Leslie Cheung plays Rick, a shooting champion turned rogue by a mentally disturbing incident. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Leslie Cheung plays Rick Pang, a shooting champion turned rogue by a mentally disturbing incident. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Leslie Cheung plays Rick Pang, a shooting champion who is also a gun expert. He has modified the magazine of his pistol to perfect his technique known as “double tap”, which is the terminology for a shooter placing two shots in the same exact spot, to maximise the possibility of hitting the bulls eye in any competition. But one day at a shooting competition, a situation which forces Rick to kill changes him forever.

 

Cherry Returns 那年夏天你去了哪里 
(PG13: Some Violence)
Saturday, July 28, 6.50pm; Monday, July 30, 7.30pm

(Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Cherry Ngan (right) plays a character who is her namesake in this thriller. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

In Los Angeles, the police raid a crime den and discover a captive (Cherry Ngan) who turns out to be the daughter of Hong Kong businessman Yuen (Chen Kuan Tai). Abducted 12 years ago, Cherry had long been presumed dead. Unable to remember her past, the traumatised young woman returns to Hong Kong with her family, including older sister Jing (Song Jia) who is a psychologist. The trials, however, are not over for Cherry and her family as strange and threatening events keep arising, including the appearance of a mysterious hooded man (Hu Ge). Inspector Deng (Gordon Lam) begins to investigate Cherry’s abduction mystery and gradually uncovers the shocking truth.

 

Happiness 幸运是我
(NC16: Some Coarse Language)
Saturday, July 28, 2pm; Tuesday, July 31, 7.15pm

(Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Carlos Chan and Kara Wai star in this heartwarming film which highlights cognitive disorder. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

After his mother’s death, Chan Kai-yuk (Carlos Chan) feels so alone that he leaves Guangzhou for Hong Kong to look up the father who abandoned him and his mum. But any hopes for a reunion are dashed as his dad has a new family and considers him a burden. Alone and homeless, Yuk is taken in by Auntie Fan (Kara Wai), a middle-aged recluse who leads a solitary existence. At first, their different habits and personalities lead to numerous squabbles, intensified by Yuk’s self-centeredness and Fan’s odd temperament. As time goes on, Yuk learns Fan is in the early stages of cognitive disorder. The discovery unexpectedly serves as a catalyst for the young man’s growth as a caring friend. For the first time in her life, Fan feels truly blessed. But it is a situation rife with irony due to the nature of her disease and the accelerating elusiveness of feelings and memories.

In Your Dreams 以青春的名义
(PG13: Scene of Intimacy)
Friday, July 27, 9.40pm

Carina Lau plays (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Carina Lau plays teacher You Mei, who develops an affectionate bond with her high school student, Heng. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

This is a poignant love story between two lonely-hearts, 16-year old Heng (Ng Siu-hin) who lives with his drunkard father and a home-room teacher living with her cheating husband. Heng’s mother abandoned the family eight years ago, and You Mei balks at confronting her husband about his affair because she does not want a divorce. When You Mei becomes the temporary teacher at Heng’s school, the two lonely souls develop an affectionate bond that may be love. This provocative story of young love is led by Carina Lau, who also serves as a producer of this film funded by the Hong Kong government’s First Feature Film Initiative.

She Remembers, He Forgets 哪一天我们会飞
(PG13: Some Sexual References)
Sunday, July 29, 2pm

Miriam Yeung and Jan Lamb in She Remembers, He Forgets. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Miriam Yeung and Jan Lamb in She Remembers, He Forgets. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Unfulfilled at work and dissatisfied with her marital life, a middle-aged woman attends a high school reunion and finds a floodgate of flashbacks of her salad days open before her mind’s eyes. She was inseparable with two boys 20 years ago but married one of them eventually. All the memories eventually zero in on one critical incident that changed her life and those of the boys forever.

Two Wrongs Make A Right 天生不对
(PG13: Some Coarse Language)
Friday, July 27, 7.30pm; Sunday, July 29, 7pm

(Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Vic Chou and Fiona Sit in Two Wrongs Make A Right. (Credit: Golden Village Pictures)

Two Wrongs Make A Right is a Chinese romantic comedy with a fengshui and numerology setting. Vic Chou plays the role of internationally-renowned fengshui Master Ray, who forecasts a predestined doom ahead which is only avoidable by getting a scapegoat for his mishaps. After meeting Pei Pei (Fiona Sit) and knowing that she is the person he looks for, Ray purposefully woos her to keep her by his side. As the audience can expect, he falls in love for real. However, their bazi are totally incompatible, which means their relationship will only lead to a series of unfortunate events. No one knows that this is all part of Feng Shui Master Ximen’s (Ronald Cheng) evil scheme.

Golden Village’s Hong Kong Film Festival will be showing at GV Tiong Bahru.
Ticket Price: Opening night – $13 (GV Movie Club members)/$16 (public); all other sessions – $10 (members)/$13 (public)

Source: Golden Village, Variety, Wikipedia, IMDB, Broadway Circuit

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