Reel Asian Spring Showcases Hong Kong Spirit

May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada. In celebration Reel Asian Film Festival organizers, in partnership with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office will present FREE screenings at AGO Jackman Hall on May 16 and 17, 2014.  All films are in Cantonese with English subtitles.

THE WAY WE DANCE ~ directed by Adam Wong

SYNOPSIS: Growing up in an ancestral tofu shop, Fleur (Cherry Ngan) is a Hip Hop genius. To chase her Hip Hop dance dreams Fleur joins BombA, the coolest dance troupe on the university campus. Life is good until her signature dance style is mocked by her own crew, leaving Fleur without a creative outlet. Her last resort is to join the much-avoided Tai Chi Club. As Fleur learns to cope with the ever-changing pace of life, she learns how far she is willing to go for her passion. The Way We Dance took home three awards at the 2014 Hong Kong Film Awards: Best New Director (Adam Wong), Best New Actor (BabyJohn Choi) and  Best Original Song.

ECHOES OF THE RAINBOW ~ directed by Alex Law

It’s 1969 and Desmond Law is a sixteen-year-old who is the pride and joy of his working-class parents. His mother and father (played by Sandra Ng and Simon Yam) work hard to send him to a fine private school, even though it’s no easy task on Dad’s salary as a shoemaker. Desmond’s eight-year-old brother, Big Ears, is the troublemaker in the household. At a time when the world seems to be turning upside down, the family struggles to stay together as they face the challenges life presents them.

AS THE LIGHT GOES OUT ~ directed by Derek Kwok

The firefighters of Hong Kong’s Pillar Point division are expecting a quiet night to see of their retiring Chief. They find their faith in each other stretched to the limits when a small fire at a liquor warehouse threatens to plunge the whole of Hong Kong into darkness if it spreads to a nearby power plant. Politics, rivalry and suspicion all come into play when dubious decisions are made, warnings are ignored and colleagues start to fall. Can the Pillar Point brotherhood survive the night, if not the fire, with their trust in each other intact? Starring Nicolas Tse, Shawn Yue, Simon Yam and Hu Jun.      

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Here’s the trailer for The Way We Dance…


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