34th Busan International Short Film Festival

At the 34th Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF), NAE proudly introduced a selection of the awarded Hong Kong female filmmakers’ short films, which honestly depict individuals, families and the society, overseas. With the support of NAE, the filmmakers took the opportunity to introduce their works to overseas audiences and attend screenings and various meetings with other festival curators, filmmakers, film investors and press at the Festival. While enjoying the shorts at the festival, audiences from all over the world were bound to be moved by the muted monologue in Disabled Novel, the ambiguous relationship in This Pair, the silent protest against rules and restrictions presented in The Empty Body as well as the issue of urban re-development came across in The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village and Disappearing in Central.

Date: 28 April 2017 29 April 2017
Time: 8pm 1pm
Venue: Cinema II, Busan, South Korea Cinematheque, Busan, South Korea
Duration: 83’
Disabled Novel
Law Yuk-mui

2010 / Hong Kong / Col & B/W / 14’ 34” / No dialogue with Chinese and English subtitles
The film script of “Disabled Novel” is based on the eponymous novel that Director Law Yuk-mui wrote. Using the theme of “lost” as a starting point, the film lays bare the odd sense of melancholy that parades life. Transferring reality, memory and fantasy, it reconstructs the psychological pathways of urban life with broken fragments.
This Pair
Wong Yee-mei

2010 / Hong Kong / Col / 30’ 00” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Why does Old Granny seem less lovable as she ages? 82-year-old Granny lives with her fifth son in a Guangzhou apartment, but spends most of the time by herself. Two of her children are dead, another two have their own families, and a further two divide their time between Shenzhen and Hong Kong. The only connection among members of this family seems to be the annual grave sweeping ceremony.
The Empty Body
Wong Sze-ming

2008 / Hong Kong / 3'19" / No dialogue
In my school days, the feeling of being chained up in life evokes discomfort. My school uniform is the embodiment of pressure, leaving me breathless. The uniform can confine my body, but not my soul.
The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village
Tsang Tsui-Shan

2009 / Hong Kong / 14'00" / No dialogue with English subtitles
The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village collects old photos of many families from Ho Chung Village. The pictures from the past travel through time, allowing the viewer to experience the flow of memories as time moves from right to left, finally settling before their eyes. The Life and Times of Ho Chung Village is a journey of time, of change, and of memories.
Disappearing in Central
Chu Hoi-ying Nicole

2013 / Hong Kong / Col / 21’ 08” / In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
In the 70s and 80s, the printing industry was extremely active in Hong Kong, especially in Central and Sheung Wan districts. Not only have the old skills and color of Hong Kong been disappearing, but also the human warmth associated with the industry. Link:
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