Daily Briefing. Hong Kong Film Archive's 100 Must-Sees

"100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies" is, as James Marsh puts it at Twitch, the Hong Kong Film Archive's "most ambitious program to date," set to unreel over the next four years. Programmer Sam Ho and his team have selected the 100 from its collection of around 90,000 titles, and that 100 includes, of course, such classics as Tsui Hark's Once Upon a Time in China, King Hu's Come Drink with Me (image above), John Woo's A Better Tomorrow and Wong Kar-wai's Days of Being Wild. Marsh: "What is most exciting, however, is the opportunity to plunder areas of Hong Kong's cinematic past that haven't received nearly as much love as its action films. There is a strong contingent of melodramas from the 1950s in the series, featuring such underappreciated classics as Lee Sun Fung's It Was a Cold Winter Night, Wong Tin Lam's The Wild, Wild Rose or even screwball comedies like Li Pingqian's Awful Truth."

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