Her Cinema of Dreams: Late Film Critic Wong Ain-ling’s Favourite Movies
Why We Recommend it
To commemorate the passing of revered film scholar and critic Wong Ain-ling, HK Cine Fan screens a selection of her favourite films, including the controversial 1943 film Glory To Eternity (萬世流芳) and lauded Iranian drama Where Is the Friend’s Home? (1987).
Wong, who passed away in early 2018, was known for her vast knowledge of Chinese, Asian and international cinema alike, and her eye for obscure works off the beaten track of mainstay arthouse cinema. Covering important topics and areas that were previously under explored, she penned two books and edited no less than 15 film publications on Hong Kong and Chinese cinema.
Wong had been Programmer for Asian cinema at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, the founding member and a board member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, Head of Film Programming for the Hong Kong Arts Centre and, last but not least, Research Officer for the Hong Kong Film Archive.
This programme will screen eight films that held a special place in her heart, including the subtle Chinese drama Spring in a Small Town (小城之春) (1948), of which she wrote, “The lights and shadows of cinema may be splendidly tempting. But none compares to this enigma of an orchid ever fragrant in my heart.”