2021 Golden Rooster announces line for classic Hong Kong movie section, while Taiwan films disappear
Published: Dec 03, 2021 09:44 PM
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2021 Golden Rooster announced on Sina Weibo on Wednesday that its Hong Kong classic movies section will be held from December 17 to 30. The section will feature 11 Hong Kong films, including Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love, but movies from the island of Taiwan have disappeared from the film festival's line up, a major change as in previous years the festival included a section for both Hong Kong and Taiwan films.

The movie section will be held in Xiamen, East China's Fujian Province and Shenzhen, South China's Guangdong Province.

The opening film of the section will be the 1990 romance A Moment of Romance directed by Benny Chan and starring Andy Lau, Jacklyn Wu and Ng Man-tat. The film tells an action-packed love story between an underworld rogue and a rich heiress and is considered a major classic of Hong Kong cinema.

The closing movie will be the restored IMAX version of Wong's well-known work, 2000 romantic film In the Mood for Love, which was co-produced between Hong Kong and France. It follows a man, played by Tony Leung, and a woman, played by Maggie Cheung, whose spouses have an affair together and who slowly develop feelings for each other.

In a 2016 survey by the BBC, the film was voted the second-best film of the 21st century by 177 film critics from around the world.

Other movies include 2016 drama film Mad World, which shows the tough life of a former financial analyst who is struggling with bipolar disorder.

All the selected movies have higher than average scores on Chinese media review platform Douban.

In previous years, the film festival, one of the most authoritative movie galas in China, had section for films from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao.

For example, 2020 Golden Rooster selected two Taiwan movies, including The Last Thieves, five Hong Kong movies and one Macao movie in the section.