20 Mar '11, 2pm

Hong Kong film festival opens, mood hurt by Japan crisis

Hong Kong film festival opens, mood hurt by Japan crisis

(From left) Hong Kong actor Daniel Wu, Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan, Hong Kong director Wai Kai-fai and Hong Kong actor Louis Koo pose for photographers at the opening of the 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival in Hong Kong. -- PHOTO: AP HONG KONG - SOME of Asia's top filmmakers have screened their new movies to kick off the 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival, although the mood is subdued because of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters. Japan's crisis has cast doubt on whether its actors and directors will attend the Hong Kong festival. Popular Japanese director Shunji Iwai, a native of hard-hit Sendai city, has cancelled his appearance at the Asian premiere of his first English-language movie, Vampire. It remains unclear whether prominent Japanese nominees like Koji Yakusho, Rinko Kikuchi and Takako Matsu will attend the awards ceremony, the As...

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