|Hong Kong 2006|
My last three visits have been based around the film festival, the first of these three being in 2006. We had only just been to HK in Oct 2005, but in Feb 2006, I found that the focus of the festival was to be the 10th anniversary of Milkyway image. I saw the list of films that were showing and the events taking place and just had to go. With only three weeks to left my wife, wonderful woman that she is agreed to a week to cover the main films and activities and quite honestly it was one of the best weeks of my life. We both enjoyed it so much that we did it again in 2007 for two weeks and 2008 for three weeks, we just wanted to carry on but unfortunately it wasn't to be, and the longer the gap between trips becomes, the worse the longing to go.
I felt miserable last year and the one before, however it was made slightly easier by the fact the festival focus in those two years were not so much of a priority to me. 2011 though is another Milkyway centric festival or Wai Ka Fai to be exact, Don't go breaking my heart, the new Johnnie To/Wai Ka Fai movie is the opening film of the festival and they will be present after the screening for a meet the audience session. The filmmaker in focus this year is Wai Ka Fai, with a wide range of his movies receiving screenings including Too many ways to be number one, The Longest nite and Mad detective, amongst others. Wai Ka Fai will also being doing a seminar titled Face to face, with the chance to meet and speak with him. Sigh.
Many other films I would love to see theatrically are also showing and that isn't even including the new films that are premiering at the festival. We have the time booked off work, but for various reasons we are not able to attend, I need to get a grip and just get on with other stuff but I'm just finding it hard. I know it sounds pathetic with everything going on in the world at the moment, but sometimes its hard to keep things in perspective.
|One of my favourite HK photos|
My answer in previous years has been to buy lots of Hong Kong movies and cram, if I can't go I need to bring that fragrant harbour home to me.