Real cool outlook on screen

Local | 24 Jun 2020

Hongkongers have a special passion for the cinema. And now, with concert halls and live theatrical productions on hold due to Covid-19, the movies are one of the few cultural pastimes we can enjoy together.

Cinemas are working hard to make sure filmgoers enjoy a safe and hygienic experience. Expect temperature and quarantine wristband checks - and limits on patron numbers.

So there's a bonus for movie fans: you'll have an empty seat next to you and in front of you. No more squirming and shifting to get an unobstructed view of the screen!

During a Hong Kong summer, movies provide a nice cool break for the family. Right now you can find movies that offer both entertainment and an educational experience for youngsters.

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, is currently starring in a filmed theater production of Shakespeare's Hamlet. It's on at many local commercial cinemas.

This is also an excellent time to get acquainted with one of our under-appreciated treasures - the Hong Kong Film Archive in Sai Wan Ho.

The archive boasts a collection of local and mainland classics from the 1920s to the present day, and its programming series is one of a kind. Always worth checking out.

On July 5 and 19 the HKFA will be showing some rare black and white Bruce Lee films from the 1950s - Blame it on Father and Thunderstorm - as part of a continuing archival gems series.

For more information on the HKFA's upcoming programming see the website at

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of Tai Kwun Culture & Arts Co Ltd.

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