Hong Kong Film Archive Restored Treasures

The Secret

The Secret (Blu-ray Disc) [Out of Stock]

Prod Co: Unique Films Co., Ltd.
Producer: Wu Sau-yee
Executive Producer: Lo Kai-muk
Director: Ann Hui
Screenwriter: Joyce Chan
Cinematographer: David Chung
Main Cast: Sylvia Chang, Angie Chiu Nga-chi, Tsui Siu-keung, Lee Hye-suk, Alex Man

Penned by renowned screenwriter Joyce Chan, The Secret (1979) is the first feature film of director Ann Hui. Based on a homicide case in the 1970s, it utilises a non-linear narrative structure to unpeel layer after layer of secrets and illusions. Its clever use of visual contrast not only underscores the clashes between traditional and modern cultures, but also mirrors the psychological tension of characters. The film explores the dark side of the human psyche and experiments with innovative styles, heralding the Hong Kong New Wave. The nostalgic world of mystique created in The Secret is now digitally restored to its original splendour.

【Blu-ray Disc】
‘Special Features' includes a video of the restoration process of the film. Plus a 64-page booklet. The accompanying booklet contains photo section of 'Before and After Restoration', in addition to articles written by film scholars Sam Ho and Ka Ming, a film review excerpt by film critic Sek Kei and more.

Format: Colour
Language: Cantonese (Mono)
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese/English
Region: All
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Number of discs: 1 (Blu-ray Disc)
Running Time:90 mins

Release Date: January 2019

Price: $135

Colourful Youth

Colourful Youth (DVD)

Prod Co: Chi Leun Film Company Limited
Producer: Kwan Chi-sun
Director & Screenwriter: Chan Wan
Main Cast: Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Connie Chan Po-chu, Woo Fung, Stephen Chan Chu-kwong, Nancy Sit Kar-yin, Kong Kei

In 1966, Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao Fong-fong starred in multiple contemporary films, cementing their onscreen persona as virtuous young women while becoming the hottest youth idols of their time. Colourful Youth remains the only contemporary film to feature both of them. Filmed in Eastmancolor, the song-and-dance spectacle keeps its fingers on the pulse of its era and presents the vigour of the modern times.

【2-DVD Box Set】
'The Movie' part features the 2015 newly restored version with additional footage from a VHS recently discovered. ‘Special Features' part includes the 2011 original restored version, as well as interviews with film veterans Woo Fung, Stephen Chan Chu-kwong, Nancy Sit Kar-yin, Kong Kei, and Ha Yu; conservators Koven Lo, Davide Pozzi and Percy Fung; and film critic Neco Lo. The accompanying 76-page booklet contains actress Connie Chan Po-chu's oral account on the film, in addition to articles written by film scholars Law Kar and Wong Chi-wah; and the biography and filmography of writer-director Chan Wan.

Format: Colour
Language: Cantonese (Mono)
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese/English
Region: Region 3 
Aspect Ratio:1.37:1
Number of discs: Disc 1 (DVD-5), Disc 2 (DVD-9)
Running Time:112 mins

Release Date: January 2016

Price: $160

Fei Mu's Confucius

Fei Mu's Confucius (DVD) [Out of Stock]

Director & Scriptwriter: Fei Mu
Co-producers: Jin Xinmin, Tong Lian
Main Cast: Tang Huaiqiu, Zhang Yi, Sima Yingcai, Pei Chong, Xu Li

Unlike the common perception today of Confucius as a hallowed hero, the title character in director Fei Mu's Confucius(1940) is portrayed as a "stray dog" – from his failure to influence the politics of his own state, to his futile quest to propagate humanity across the land. Confucius is a meditation on integrity and morality through a man of extraordinary virtue – in a time of Chinese history when there were no morals at all.
Fei Mu masterfully combines the arts of theatre and film in creating a pared-down aesthetic rarely found in Chinese historical dramas. This seminal piece in Chinese cinema, considered lost for over 50 years, finally sees the light again after being found and restored by the Hong Kong Film Archive.

Special Features
Video interviews with actress Wei Wei, classical singer Barbara Fei, translation scholar Serena Jin, film researchers Wong Ain-ling and Sam Ho, film restoration experts Edward Tse, Koven Lo and Davide Pozzi.
Plus an eight-page booklet and four postcards.

Format: B&W, NTSC
Language: Mandarin (Mono)
Subtitles: Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese/English
Region: Region 3 
Aspect Ratio: 1.18:1
Number of discs: 1 (DVD-9)
Running Time:97 mins

Release Date: December 2012

Price: $105