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The Sparring Partner 正義迴廊

 by HO Cheuk-Tin

French premiere 

Thriller,  Social Drama | 138 min| 2022 | VOSTFR

Starring:  YEUNG Wai-Lun, MAK Pui-Tung, Louisa SO, Jan LAMB, Gloria YIP, Harriet YEUNG

Inspired by a shocking crime case in 2013, the film is about a young man who partners with his friend to murder and dismember his parents. Pleading not guilty to the crime, defense attorneys face each other as nine jurors try to grapple with the truth. The awarded film is directed by an emerging director HO Cheuk Tin, and produced by Philip YUNG (the director of“Port of Call” 踏血尋梅 – an official selection of 1st FFHKP).

12 October (Thursday) 19h + Introduction by the director

17 October (Tuesday) 19h + Discussion with Hong Kong film critic Dr. Bruce LAI 

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Introduction by the director, HO Cheuk-Tin 


HO Cheuk-Tin(director)

HO graduated with a major in Directing from the School of Television and Film at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed courtroom drama "The Sparring Partner" (正義迴廊/2022). The film has taken Hong Kong by storm, becoming the highest-grossing Category III rated film to date and receiving 16 nominations for the Hong Kong Film Awards 2023 including Best Film, Best Director, Best New Director, and more. His latest film "Over My Dead Body" (死屍死時四十四/2023) will be screened at OAFF2023 as the Special Opening Film.

October 12 (Thursday) at 7 p.m.

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Discussion with Hong Kong film critic, Dr. Bruce LAI 

Dr. Bruce LAI 

Bruce Lai is a film and cultural studies scholar based in the UK. He is a visiting researcher at King's College London (KCL) after obtaining his PhD in Film Studies at KCL with a thesis on Chinese comedy films and neoliberalism. His current research project concerns Hong Kong comedies in the 1980s and 90s and their trans-local influences on aesthetics, involving formal analysis and archival research supported by the Universities' China Committee in London (UCCL) 's Travel and Study Grants. Bruce has also served as a lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the Education University of Hong Kong in the spring term of 2023. Bruce has been a jury at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards since 2022, the IATC(HK) Critics Awards in 2018, and the FIPRESCI Prize jury at the Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2023. Bruce is a member of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society and the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong). As a renowned film critic in Hong Kong, Bruce published film reviews in various genres while specialising in contemporary Chinese-language films and religion-affiliated cinema. His film review can be seen in his columns published in Ming Pao, The News Lens, and Christian Times. A forthcoming book focusing on the film and religion of Bruce is expected to come out by the end of 2023.

October 17 (Tuesday) at 7 p.m.

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