Hong Kong action man kicks his way into Cannes

7th May 2004, Comments 0 comments

HONG KONG, May 7 (AFP) - Hong Kong low-budget action king Johnnie To Kei-fung will kick his way into the Cannes Film Festival next week after ducking Beijing's censors to lead a new wave of Chinese cinema to the prestigious event.

HONG KONG, May 7 (AFP) - Hong Kong low-budget action king Johnnie To Kei-fung will kick his way into the Cannes Film Festival next week after ducking Beijing's censors to lead a new wave of Chinese cinema to the prestigious event.

To's police drama "Breaking News" is one of three joint Hong Kong-China films to be screened at the glitzy festival, with Zhang Yimou martial arts flick "House of Flying Daggers" and "2047", by arthouse director Wong Kar-wai.

To has emerged as one of Hong Kong's leading directors after another gritty police drama "Running on Karma" cleaned up at April's Hong Kong Film Awards.

"Breaking News", with which To hopes to cement his rise from cheap gangster films to sophisticated dramas, features Kelly Chen as cop whose effort to boost police credibility using live TV falls foul of criminals.

But the film only just scraped onto the Cannes viewing list after a nail-baiting wait for clearance from Chinese censors.

"It's a normal practice for a co-production film to be cleared by the Chinese authorities before it is released abroad," said Frederick Tsui of the film's distribution company, Media Asia.

Although the policy does not not apply to Hong Kong films, it is believed the movie's producers did not want to jeopardise its chances of obtaining a lucrative Chinese theatrical release by screening without China's blessing.

China has eased restrictions on the showing of Hong Kong films under a new trade deal, but films must comply to strict guidelines making it hard to get explicit sex, homosexual love, politics or the supernatural past the censors.


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