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San Francisco Film Society
Reel to Real NightLife
Thursday, April 3, 6:00-10:00 pm
SFIFF57 Opening Night: The Two Faces of January
Thursday, April 24
Screening at 7:00 pm
Party at 9:00 pm
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
Tuesday, April 29, 8:00 pm
Film Society Awards Night
Thursday, May 1
An Evening with Richard Linklater
Friday, May 2, 7:00 pm
Stephin Merritt with The Unknown
Tuesday, May 6, 8:00 pm
SFIFF57 Closing Night: Alex of Venice
Thursday, May 8
Screening at 7:00 pm
Party at 9:00 pm
October 4–6, 2013
Vogue Theatre

This year features greater international scope than ever before with HK filmmakers telling mainland stories or setting their work in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand. The program runs the genre gamut with enough action, romance, drama and thrills to satisfy all viewers. We’re also pleased to present an exciting two-film retrospective in honor of the incredible talents of late martial arts choreographer/writer/director Lau Kar-leung (aka Liu Chia-liang).

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Hong Kong Cinema Sponsors and Supporters

Opening Night Reception
Join us for a special opening night celebration of the third Hong Kong Cinema festival! Read more...
October 4, 5:30 pm
Paul Mahder Gallery
3378 Sacramento Street
Flora Lau (Hong Kong 2013)
Featuring two terrific lead performances and spectacular cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Bends depicts the desperation hidden underneath the glittering surfaces of modern Hong Kong. Read more...
October 4, 7:00 pm and October 5, 2:00 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)
Blind Detective
Johnnie To (Man tam, Hong Kong 2013)
A delirious mix of comedy, mystery and romance, Johnnie To’s brand-new film offers superstar Andy Lau as the titular protagonist, a rather hapless investigator with a singular skill—his handicap allows him to “visualize” the very particular details of a crime scene.  Read more...
October 4, 9:30 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
Liu Chia-liang (Shao Lin san shi liu fang, Hong Kong 1977)
This essential kung-fu film tells the story of a student at the Shaolin monastery who undertakes grueling martial arts training in order to wreak vengeance on the marauders who occupied his village.  Read more...
October 5, 4:00 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)
The Last Tycoon
Wong Jing (Da Shanghai, Hong Kong 2012)
Grand passions meet turbulent times in this sumptuous historical epic profiling the rise of a rural-born fruit seller and set mostly in 1930s Shanghai.  Read more...
October 5, 6:30 pm and October 6, 3:30 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)
The Great War: Director's Cut
Yan Yan Mak (Hong Kong 2013)
If you missed the October 2012 showdown between Hong Kong superstar pop groups Grasshopper and Softhard, this entertaining documentary captures each members’ thoughts and feelings about the event, explores attendees’ obsessions and presents vivid onstage moments from the show.  Read more...
October 5, 9:00 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)
The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
Liu Chia-liang (Wu Lang ba gua gun, Hong Kong 1984)
This kung-fu classic, about a man who learns very specific (and visually astounding) pole fighting techniques in order to avenge his family, is one of the Shaw Brothers’ most spectacular presentations. Read more...
October 6, 1:15 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)
A Complicated Story
Kiwi Chow (Hong Kong 2013)
A young woman from mainland China who is studying in Hong Kong takes a lucrative gig as a surrogate mother, but her plans take a turn when her contract is abruptly terminated and the child’s father confronts her. Read more...
October 6, 6:00 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)
Oxide Pang (Tóngmóu, Hong Kong/China 2013)
In this action-packed mystery/thriller, Malaysian-born Chan Tam (Andy Kwok) returns to his native soil to track down the men who murdered his parents 30 years earlier.  Read more...
October 6, 8:45 pm
Vogue Theatre
3290 Sacramento Street (Presidio / Lyon)







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