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Tsui Hark’s Film Workshop Exhibition at agnés b.

I found out about an exhibition at Wanchai's agnés b.'s librairie galerie, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Tsui Hark's Film Workshop on the blog Hong Kong Hustle. The exhibition, titled A Tribute to Romantic Visions, is considered a small one, but I was compelled to visit for two reasons - I've grown up on alot of Tsui Hark's films and because I'm keen to check out what's on in Hong Kong apart from the obvious attractions.

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For the uninitiated, Film Workshop Co. Ltd is a Hong Kong production company and film distributor that was founded in April 1984 by producer/director Tsui Hark and his wife, Nansun Shi. Hark was already a renowned director with a string of box office hits but he wanted to create a workshop where the foremost filmmakers could work on films with artistic merit, and at the same time, films that could be commercially rewarding for the financiers.

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As Hong Kong Hustle note, the Film Workshop epitomised the magic and versatility of Hong Kong filmmaking and the list of their productions reads like a who's who of the best Hong Kong movies of all time. My favourite classics include A Better Tomorrow, Iron Monkey, The Blade and the series Once Upon A Time in China starring Jet Li. Tsui Hark and his wife together produced a total of 49 films.

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The 25th anniversary exhibition is curated by the Hong Kong International Film Festival and may have been a bit thin on content since it was probably planned to coincide and add to their 33rd annual festival. Nevertheless, the gallery was a visit worthwhile to indulge in viewing many of the film posters - some of which I had (note past tense) reproductions of, and the various props, drawings and videos.

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One of the more recent films Seven Swords, launched in 2005, was another favourite of mine and the exhibition features the specially hand-crafted aforementioned swords on display.

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For those with time, there's also a video on rotation showing film excepts and interviews and a selection of cd film soundtracks that you can listen to.

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The exhibition is only on until the 27th June, 2009, so if you're interested and in Hong Kong, you'll hopefully get a chance to drop in.

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A Tribute to Romantic Visions
25th Anniversary of Film Workshop
agnés b.'s librairie galerie
1/F 18 Wing Fung Street
Wanchai, Hong Kong

Opening hours: 11:30am - 8pm (closed on Sundays)
Call 2869-5505 for more information

Wikipedia source on Tsui Hark

Wikipedia source on Film Workshop


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