Thriller 'Trivisa,' Chinese Comedy 'Chongqing Hot Pot' to Open Hong Kong Film Festival

'Chongqing Hot Pot' film still - H 2016
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'Creepy,' directed by Japan's horror king Kurosawa Kiyoshi, will close the festival.

Chinese director Yang Qing's comedy Chongqing Hot Pot and Johnnie To-produced Hong Kong crime thriller Trivisa will open the 40th Hong Kong International Film Festival, organizers said on Wednesday.

The closing film will be Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi's thriller Creepy.

Comedic caper Chongqing Hot Pot is the second feature from One Night in Supermarket director Yang and stars Chen Kun and Bai Baihe

Trivisa, directed by three of To's proteges, Frank Hui, Vicky Wong and Jevons Au, is set before the 1997 handover of Hong Kong and revolves around a heist organized by three notorious criminals. Japan's king of horror, Kurosawa's film stars Nishijima Hidetoshi as a former detective suspicious of his neighbor's involvement in a missing person case.

The festival will also showcase 14 works from Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai's Jet Tone Films to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the company. The retrospective will include the two Jet Tone films that had never before screened in Hong Kong, namely Eros: The Hand, the 60-minute version of Wong's shorter film featured in the anthology Eros, and The Grandmaster 3D, the North American version of Wong's 2013 award-winning film. Wong will also conduct a seminar at the HKIFF to commemorate Jet Tone's anniversary.

Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr, Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang, Japanese filmmaker Sono Sion, Creepy helmer Kurosawa and French-Canadian auteur Denis Cote will visit Hong Kong for screenings of their films. Tarr will present a master class after the screening of his film, The Turin Horse.

Four South Korean films will screen in the festival's Focus on Korean Cinema program. They are director Kwon Oh-kwang's debut feature, Collective Invention, E J-yong's The Bacchus Lady, Im Kwon-taek’s The Surrogate Woman and Woo Min-ho’s Inside Men.

Celebrating its 40th edition this year, the festival will feature 240 films from 66 countries and regions, with 63 world, international and Asian premieres. The festival will be held March 21-April 4.