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Published: Jul 21, 2022 07:47 PM
'Septet: The Story of Hong Kong': salute to city's golden age of film

The movie Septet: The Story of Hong Kong is finally set to hit the big screen in the Chinese mainland next week. Co-directed by seven famous Hong Kong filmmakers, the film depicts seven short stories taking place in the city from the 1940s to the 2000s.

Debuting on July 29, the movie will gradually unfold a brilliant film world from the golden age of Hong Kong cinema. The film has been screened at six international film festivals including the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and the Cannes Film Festival in France, where audiences and film critics called it "a masterpiece that should not to be missed."

The directing team for the film is made up of well-known Hong Kong filmmakers Sammo Hung, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam, Yuen Woo-ping, Johnnie To, Ringo Lam and Tsui Hark, and encompasses their best film genres such as wuxia (Chinese martial heroes) and comedy. 

In the golden age of Hong Kong film, gangster movies stood out from the crowd. 

Director To is considered a benchmark figure in this genre. With his philosophical and simplified style that explored human nature, To redefined gangster films and brought them to new heights. 

His masterpieces are regarded as classics by countless movie lovers and have won awards at film festivals both at home and abroad.

In Septet: The Story of Hong Kong, To focuses on the stories happening in the city at the beginning of the 2000s. 

His chapter tells a story of three young people eager to get rich overnight. The trailer for the film comes to an abrupt end at the point where the fate of the three has seemingly undergone a major change.

Speaking to media, To said that the other six directors each enjoyed their own golden age in filmmaking in Hong Kong during the 20th century, which makes them the perfect choices to salute this great era.

"Filmmakers in Hong Kong are united. Though every director has their own way of expressing ideas, they all share the same feelings for Hong Kong movies," To noted in an interview.
Promotional material for Septet: The Story of Hong Kong Photo: Courtesy of Douban

Promotional material for Septet: The Story of Hong Kong Photo: Courtesy of Douban