Golden Scene Selection: Cherry-Picked Contemporary Cinema at the Hong Kong Arts Centre
Why We Recommend it
This programme screens six quality movies that were released in 2017—Turn Around, Wonder Wheel, 1987: When the Day Comes, Tomorrow is Another Day, The Last Recipe, Narratage —over the course of ten days.
Co-presented by The Hong Kong Arts Centre and local film distributor Golden Scene, the Golden Scene selection is an ongoing initiative that presents quality films across genres, decades and geographies.
February’s programme consists of six acclaimed movies that were all produced and shot in last year. These are as follows:
Woody Allen’s latest, starring Kate Winslet and Justin Timberlake among others, Wonder Wheel (USA, 2017) tells the story of four characters whose lives intertwine amid the hustle and bustle of the Coney Island amusement park in the 1950s.
Tomorrow is Another Day (Hong Kong, 2017) tells the story of Mrs. Wong, who has chosen to silently endure her husband’s affair for the sake of their autistic son. After Mr. Wong’s mistress comes to disturb them and causes a fight, he leaves. Feeling at a loss and struggling to watch over her son by herself, Mrs. Wong begins to plot ways to take revenge against the mistress, but her plans get discovered by other housewives.
Inspired by true events, Turn Around (Taiwan, 2017) revolves around Wang Cheng-chung, a young and passionate teacher who is assigned to an internship at a school in rural Taiwan. When the school is hit by the second-deadliest earthquake in recorded history in Taiwan towards the end of his internship, Wang decides to stay and improve the students’ lives.
1987: When the Day Comes (South Korea, 2017) is a historical drama based on the real-life events surrounding the June Democracy Movement in 1987 which brought about the end of the military regime of President Chun Doo-hwan. The film depicts how the death of student activist Bak Jong-cheol, caused by police interrogation, sparked nationwide pro-democracy protests that changed the course of Korean history.
The Last Recipe (Japan, 2017) is a drama about Mitsuru Sasaki, a genius yet insufferable chef on the brink of bankruptcy. When he’s contacted by a titan in the culinary world, who asks him to search for and recreate a historical recipe that’s gone missing—the “Great Japanese Imperial Feast”, he eagerly takes up the lucrative offer. On this journey, Sasaki discovers far more than just a list of ingredients…
Student-master relationship drama Narratage (Japan, 2017) chronicles the relationship between university student Izumi and her former high school drama teacher Hayama-san. When he seeks out Izumi’s help for her juniors’ graduation performance, she is stirred with memories of her high school days and her feelings towards Hayama-san.
Please note that all non-English language films will be shown with Chinese subtitles, except for Tomorrow is Another Day.