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Movie Tips For Hong Kong's Summer International Fest '16
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Movie Tips For Hong Kong's Summer International Fest '16

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Updated: 11 January 2017
The Cine Fan Summer International Film Festival is one of the best and most affordable events of the summer for film buffs and casual moviegoers alike. Presented by the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) Society, the festival brings a mix of new and classic titles to the fore. This year’s festival runs from August 16th to 30th, and will showcase 30 films through 60 screenings. The full line-up can be found here, but here’s our round-up of the highlights.

De Lan

Directed by Liu Jie, De Lan won best film at the 2016 Shanghai International Film Festival. The film is set in 1984 in the Yunnan province of China. It follows the story of a young man who takes over his father’s job as a rural loan officer in a predominantly Tibetan district. As he becomes drawn into the life of the locals, he falls in love with a Tibetan woman named De Lan.

Café Society

Woody Allen’s newest romantic comedy stars Jesse Eisenberg as Bobby Dorfman, a young Jewish boy from New York who moves to California to work in the film industry. He quickly falls in love with a young secretary (Kristen Stewart) as he gets swept up in the lustrous world of 1930s Hollywood.

The Childhood of a Leader

This skin-crawling, twisted tour de force from director Brady Corbet is loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s novel of the same name. The story centers around the evolution of a darkly sociopathic young boy, mirroring the rise of fascist Europe in the aftermath of World War I.


First released in 1950, this Akira Kurosawa film is one of Japanese cinema’s finest classics and routinely makes it onto lists of the greatest films ever made. Four witnesses give contradictory accounts of the same crime, raising questions about the nature of truth, memory and justice.

Love & Friendship

Director Whit Stillman’s sharp take on Jane Austen’s novella Lady Susan is a delightfully playful comedy of manners. The film stars Kate Beckinsale as the recently widowed Lady Susan Vernon, a devious manipulator with a caustic wit and a penchant for scandal.


Paul Verhoeven’s rape-revenge drama takes viewers on an intense psychological bender, featuring a magnificent performance from actress Isabelle Huppert. Lauded at the Cannes Film Festival, Elle is one of the most controversial films to receive critical acclaim this year.

Six Four (Parts 1 and 2)

This four-hour mystery-thriller from director Takahisa Zeze is based on the bestselling crime novel by Hideo Yokoyama. Kôichi Satô plays a police officer who must race against the clock to solve the kidnapping and murder of two girls before the 15-year Statute of Limitations is set to pass.