Announcing a new Meetup for New Asia Film Festival Group!
What: Monthly Film Series in November 2009
When: November 20,[masked]:00 PM
Richmond Cultural Centre
7700 Minoru Gate
Richmond, BC V6V 0A1Double Bill by Vancouver-based production company Holiday Pictures
Michael Parker, director of the two films will be in attendance. Hong Kong Express - The Fast Track to Fame and Fortune
(Documentary/Cantonese, Mandarin, English / 47 min)
?The more you dare me, the more you define me, I?m just going to prove you wrong.?
?I was this 24-year-old woman in a bikini, standing on stage, talking like a 6-year-old.?
In Hong Kong, beauty pageants are big business. Winners often become overnight sensations and are offered starring roles in film and television. Surprisingly, many winners of these pageants come from Canada? but why?
Hong Kong Express playfully explores the phenomenon of Chinese-Canadian women winning international Chinese beauty pageants and their subsequent meteoric rise to fame in the Asian entertainment world.
Featured subjects: Christy Chung
Voted Asia?s Sexiest Woman by readers of FHM in 2000, and ?Most Beautiful Eyes? by Marie Claire Magazine, Christy Chung?s (Chung Lai- Tai?s) diverse talent as an actress is recognised not only in her home city of Hong Kong, but internationally. Her beauty, sensuality and personable nature have won her the hearts of fans around the world, young and old. To date, she has led in over 30 feature films, many of which have won numerous awards around the world.Theresa Lee
After winning the 2nd runner up and The Media?s Favourite Award of the Miss Hong Kong Pageant in 1994, Alberta native Lee started her career in the entertainment industry.
In 1997 Lee was nominated as one of the candidates for ?Best New Performer? and ?Best Supporting Actress? of The 16th Hong Kong Film Awards and ?Best Supporting Actress? of The 2nd Golden Bauhinia Awards.Linda Chung
Winner of the Miss Chinese Vancouver 2003 pageant, Linda Chung went on to compete in and win the Miss Chinese International 2004 pageant.A former UBC student, Linda has now moved to Hong Kong to pursue a career in entertainment. She has recently signed a performers contract with TVB and is starring in the network?s long running series ?Virtues of Harmony?.
Produced with the participation of OMNI Television
The Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC
The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax CreditLunch With Charles
(Comedy/ Cantonese & English with English subtitles)
Filmed at a various locations in Vancouver, Banff and Asia, Lunch with Charles is a co-production of Hong Kong and Canada.
Have you ever had to choose between love and career? Have your aspirations ever conflicted with those of your loved one? Tong and April are a husband and wife with such a dilemma. To make matters worse, they have the Pacific Ocean between them.
Three years ago, April?s career allowed her to immigrate to Canada. She has been working happily ever since. Her personal life, however, is in turmoil. Her husband, Tong, remains in Hong Kong, where he struggles to make it as a singer/songwriter. Since marrying, he has had to eke out a living as a realtor. Unfulfilled, and increasingly insecure about his talents, he is terrified to immigrate to Canada. If he cannot succeed in his own country, in his own language?how can he possibly attain fulfillment in Canada? When Tong finally comes to Canada, hoping to appease his wife, he meets another woman?
LUNCH WITH CHARLES features Hong Kong star Lau Ching-Wan as Tong, the dreamer who is forced to choose between his wife and his dreams. Nicholas Lea stars as the resolutely idealistic Matthew, who has discarded his career for the love of a woman, only to find himself abandoned. Theresa Lee plays as Tong?s wife, April, a career-minded workaholic whose drive has alienated her from love. Bif Naked stars in her first feature film as Natasha, an uninhibited elfin creature who struggles with her dependency on male companionship.
Holiday Pictures Ltd. is a local independent production company focusing on cross-cultural stories. Michael Parker, the director of both films, will be attending the screening. His wife Shan Tam, an accomplished Chinese Canadian filmmaker, is the producer of the two films.
The New Asia Film Festival Monthly Film Series program is free with a one-time annual membership fee of $5.
For event details, please check: www.vnaff.ca.
Learn more here:http://www.meetup.com/New-Asia-Film-Festival-Group/calendar/11862877/