CRIME: Hong Kong Style Sunday Brunches
CRIME: Hong Kong Style - Sunday Brunches

CRIME: Hong Kong Style - Sunday Brunches

Season

Please note: this season finished in March 2016

In March we explore the influence of Hong Kong filmmakers on one of global cinema's most enduring genres with an explosive season of crime films.

From noir-tinged thrillers and tales of hardnosed gangsters, to entertainingly comic capers, there is much more to Hong Kong’s take on the crime film than stereotypical images of triad gang members wielding machetes on the neon-lit streets of Kowloon (though there may be some machete wielding going on if you’re getting worried!). Well, with a city of 7.2 million people, you’re bound to get a few bad apples… right?

Through a combination of influential films like Wong Kar Wai’s As Tears Go By (Sun 6 March), cult movies such as Jackie Chan’s Police Story (Sun 20 March), forgotten gems from the archives – who remembers John Woo’s 1977 slapstick comedy Pilferers' Progress? (Sun 13 March) – as well as the latest in Hong Kong crime with Dante Lam’s That Demon Within (Sun 27 March), come and revel in some of the greatest crime films ever made.

Crime: Hong Kong Style is curated by Andy Willis (Reader in Film Studies at the University of Salford and Senior Visiting Curator: Film at HOME) and presented by HOME, Manchester with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from The National Lottery. This season is also supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, London.

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Tickets: £6.50 full / £4.50 concessions and 24 and under. Get £1.00 off dishes over £7.00 in the Café/Bar on the same day with your ticket.


Previous screenings in this season

That Demon Within  18  S CRIME: Hong Kong Style - Sunday Brunches

That Demon Within
Please note: This was screened in March 2016
Film
Part action thriller, part supernatural horror, this stylish and unsettling film sees an uptight cop's life thrown into disarray when he agrees to give a blood transfusion to the leader of a criminal gang.

Police Story  15  S CRIME: Hong Kong Style - Sunday Brunches

Police Story
Please note: This was screened in March 2016
Film
Written and directed by Jackie Chan - following his disappointment with the US produced The Protector (1985) - it announced Chan as a genuine Hong Kong superstar, showcasing his wide variety of skills both in front of and behind the camera at the glorious moment of his physical prime.

The Pilferers' Progress  12A  S CRIME: Hong Kong Style - Sunday Brunches

The Pilferers' Progress
Please note: This was screened in March 2016
Film
The maestro of cinematic mayhem John Woo showed his lighter side with this 1977 slapstick comedy about a pair of jewellery thieves who team up to steal a tycoon's precious diamonds.

As Tears Go By  18  S CRIME: Hong Kong Style - Sunday Brunches

As Tears Go By
Please note: This was screened in March 2016
Film
As gritty as any 80s Hong Kong gangster picture, award winning director Wong Kar-wai’s (In The Mood For Love, Ashes of Time) auspicious directorial debut smuggled his now celebrated visual genius into a classic gangster film about loyalty, ambition and respect.