the new crime drama directed by Derek Yee
Night in Mongkok)
was screened three times in its uncut
Category III version at
Kong International Film Festival, first at the opening of the festival, on
nd, 2009, and then on March 30
For the very first screening, I noticed that the movie was showed simultanously
in two theaters at the
HK Convention & Exhibition Centre, a big one,
and a smaller one. The ticket I bought online some weeks before (because I was
not sure to have a free ticket from the festival as press:
Read this) was for
the smaller theater (theater 2).
Miraculously, I could actually have a free ticket for the big theater
HKTDC (more exactly, through the
HKIFF who gave it to
HKTDC who gave it to me) but I gave it to a friend without knowing
that the movie would be screened in two separate places.
Anyway, during the screening in the theater where I was, there were some
very serious security people who were facing the audience, watching us all the
time with infrared binoculars (no joke) to be sure that nobody was recording
illegally the movie.
On April 2
Shinjuku Incident” was officially
released in the Hong Kong theathers in a
Category IIb shorter version.One week later, a friend of mine, who was too lazy to see it on big screen
(shame on him), bought a bootleg DVD of “
Shinjuku Incident” in the
streets of Mongkok.
I did’t watched it, but I suppose it’s a IIb version, shot in a theater
during a regular screening. The cover is quite laughable since they put a
Eric Tsang on the poster (he doesn’t play in the movie at
“Shinjuku Incident”will be released in France by
Filmexportmaybe before the end of this year...
Frédéric Ambroisine (April 20
th, 2009)PS: The photos below were taken in Mongkok at the Newport Theatre on April15th, 2009.
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