Hong Kong horror movies will scare audiences
Traces of life in Hong Kong, with all it was before the pandemic, began to reappear in February. The constant relaxation in the “new normal” saw cinemas reopen and moviegoers slowly gained confidence in their return to the cinema, resulting in good revenue for both foreign and local films.
Genre films, such as action and horror thrillers, offer modest budgets and a quick production time – and they are the most popular exports in the Hong Kong film industry. It is therefore not surprising that the industry has seen a substantial increase in the number of films produced in these two categories. As a result, this year’s American Film Market, which runs November 1-5, will see Hong Kong film companies showcase exciting genres to potential buyers.
Grace Chan, head of distribution for Entertaining Power, says AFM is the perfect time to launch their 2022 list.
“We believe audiences will be returning to theaters over the holiday season,” Chan explains, “so now is a good time to share our updated programming at AFM. Although film sales are increasing positively, they are still under our estimate. “
Media Asia’s “Tales from the Occult,” a horror omnibus of three short films about the terrors hidden in Hong Kong’s darkest places, will open a bottle of thrill-seeking movies. The spooky series, currently in post-production, is co-produced by Mathew Tang, who also produced the omnibus series “Tales from the Dark” for Edko Films. Fruit Chan’s “The Mall” follows a social media influencer through a newly renovated but heavily haunted mall that has a life-changing history. The thrills continue in Fung Chih-chiang’s “The Tenement” when the inhabitants of an old apartment building regroup to face a creature hiding in their stairwell. In “The Chink” by Wesley Hoi, a young singer suffers a trauma that resurfaces after witnessing the death of a man in her youth.
Producer Tang is already working on a second installment of “Tales from the Occult”, this time with three short films by promising young filmmakers. The project recently received financial support from the Hong Kong government’s Film Development Fund.
On the list of local production powerhouse Emperor Motion Pictures is “Social Distancing”, a horror film inspired by the pervasive nature of mobile devices in our daily lives. Gladys Li, the star of EMP’s 2020 Lunar New Year romantic comedy “You Are the One”, portrays a content creator who is stalked by a sinister and relentless “e-ghost”. “Social Distancing” is director Gilitte Leung’s second feature film, her first being “Love Me Not” from 2012.
“Through the perspective of a 24-year-old woman obsessed with the telephone, I use the style of suspenseful horror to explore the thesis that our daily lives are affected by our over-reliance on technology.” Leung said in her manager’s statement. .
Headlining, Entering Power’s list of markets is “To Do With”. The action thriller is the latest film from Danny Pang, who has co-directed horror blockbusters including “The Eye” with his twin brother, Oxide, and has also made solo efforts such as “Seven 2 One” and “Fairy Tale Killer”. “To Be Faced” follows a deadly conflict in the gaming world between the anti-triad police squad, gaming authorities and the masterminds of illegal gaming operations.
Currently in post-production, “To Be Faced” stars Francis Ng (“Drifting”, “Line Walker”), Wallace Chung (“Drug War”, “Liberation”), actor Eddie Cheung “Dynasty Warriors”) and Myolie Wu (“Life without principle”).
In addition to the thriller and horror imagery, One Cool Pictures will also feature “Back to the Past,” a big budget blockbuster. The action film is a highly anticipated sequel to the television series. In addition, Mandarin Motion Pictures presents “G Storm”, the fifth and final film in the blockbuster anti-corruption film series. Meanwhile, Universe Films will be hanging on to the thrills but is action-packed with its firefighting film, “Flashover.”
Mega-Vision Pictures’ “New Kung Fu Cult Master”, a martial arts fantasy set in the universe of Louis Cha’s ultra-popular wuxia novels, stars Louis Koo, Donnie Yen and Raymond Lam. Finally, Edko Films’ “Table for Six”, a Lunar New Year ensemble comedy by writer-director Sunny Chan, will feature local icon Dayo Wong.
Each of these Hong Kong companies, along with other major Asian sales companies, are scheduled to show their latest films March 14-17, 2022 at FILMART Hong Kong. Earlier this year, FILMART hosted 8,000 online participants from 81 countries and regions as well as 677 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions. It has provided a platform for the promotion of over 2,100 film and television productions.