Summer fest opens with 'Vengeance'

Month-long event will showcase classic films from Hou, Yang

HONG KONG -- Johnnie To’s “Vengeance” will headline the Summer International Film Festival, organized by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society from August 5 to September 7.

The 37-film lineup sees selections from around the world, including “Vengeance” as the opening film and Marc Webb’s Sundance hit “(500) Days of Summer” as the closer. Joining them is Claude Chabrol’s “Bellamy," Jim Jarmusch’s “The Limits of Control," Sam Mendes’s “Away We Go," “Skirt Day," Isabelle Adjani’s first screen appearance in five years, and Brillante Mendoza’s Cannes entry “Kinatay." 

The mini festival will also pay tribute to classic Asian cinema, showcasing the new or remastered prints of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “City of Sadness," Edward Yang’s “A Brighter Summer Day," a double-bill of Fei Mu’s "Spring in a Small Town" (1948) and Tian Zhuangzhuang’s "Springtime in a Small Town" (2002). It will also honor the works of director Ichikawa Jun and producer Wouter Barendrecht.