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The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival presents
Closing Film mon mon mon MONSTERS World Premiere
Director Giddens KO and new casts team up to create a teenage black comedy cult


23 April 2017 (Hong Kong) – The Closing Film of the 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), mon mon mon MONSTERS, made its World Premiere at Hong Kong Cultural Centre tonight, with the acclaimed Taiwanese director Giddens KO, producer Angie CHAI, casts Kent TSAI, Eugenie LIU, Yukai DENG and Carolyn CHEN all in attendance. KO's feature debut, You Are the Apple of My Eye, was selected by the Summer International Film Festival as the Opening Film in 2011, and became the record-breaking box-office hit in Hong Kong. This year, his work is once again premiered in the HKIFF.

Director Giddens KO said, “I am honoured that mon mon mon MONSTERS is selected as the closing film and makes it World Premiere right here in Hong Kong. I am also very pleased to meet the local audience again. We tried something new this time, there is no original fiction for mon mon mon MONSTERS, the story therefore has limitless possibilities with no boundaries of creativity. I hope the audience will enjoy this different film of mine.”

Producer Angie CHAI said, “Having worked with Giddens again, our latest film mon mon mon MONSTERS presents an unimaginable magical world to the audience yet it has a touch of cruelty to its reality. The theme is a new attempt but I am confident in Giddens and the cast. I believe the audience would enjoy it.”

mon mon mon MONSTERS: Giddens KO returns to his acclaimed high school bildungsroman after his box-office hit You Are the Apple of My Eye (2011 Summer IFF), only this time it’s not sweethearts his teenage protagonists are pursuing, but mon mon mon MONSTERS! A target of bullying, a gifted student reluctantly joins a rancorous gang of three for a community care assignment, which ends up with a surprise catch of a man-eating little monster. Driven by curiosity, they begin a series of weird research on it as their relationship goes through an intricate change. Inspired by Mikael HÅFSTRÖM’s Swedish feature Evil, this black comedy takes a closer look at the impact of school violence, appealing to our serious reflection beyond just comedy.

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About The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF)

The Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) is one of the Asia’s oldest and most reputable platforms for filmmakers, film professionals and filmgoers from all over the world to launch new work and experience outstanding films.

Screening around 250 titles from more than 55 countries in over 11 major cultural venues across the territory, the Festival is Hong Kong’s largest cultural event. For the past seven years, HKIFF has also produced and premiered anthologies of short films by well-known award winning filmmakers from Asia such as Ann HUI, KUROSAWA Kiyoshi, JIA Zhangke, Brillante MENDOZA, NAKATA Hideo, TSAI Ming-liang, Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL and among others. From 2017, HKIFF will collaborate with Heyi Pictures to produce two feature films a year by young Chinese filmmakers that will world premiere at HKIFF.

Committed to discovering new talent, the Festival premieres the breadth of Chinese cinema and showcases Asian talents. Festival-goers enjoy world-class films, attend seminars hosted by leading filmmakers from around the world, visit film exhibitions, participate in receptions and parties, and more.

The Festival draws extensive media coverage from over 300 local and international members of the press and continues to grow in importance as one of the premier platforms to launch films in Asia.

The 41st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF41) will be held from 11 to 25 April 2017.


About The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited

The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society Limited (HKIFFS/Society) is a charitable, non-profit and non-governmental organisation dedicated to the discovery and promotion of creativity in the art and culture of film.

The Society is committed to making world cinema accessible and affordable to the public. It organizes the annual flagship the Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) and the Hong Kong – Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) in March and April. Another annual highlight is the Summer International Film Festival (SummerIFF) held every August. The repertory HKIFF Cine Fan Programme was launched in April 2013 with the aim to enrich and deepen the experience of Hong Kong moviegoers through a monthly programme of contemporary, retrospective and thematic showcases.

Through its annual programmes, the Society promotes international appreciation of Asian, Hong Kong and Chinese film culture; introduces world cinema to Hong Kong audiences; and continues to underline Hong Kong’s key position in the international film community.

HKIFFS’s dedication to quality and intelligent programming, its devotion to the discovery of new areas of filmmaking in Asia and China, its exceptional work for Hong Kong cinema, seminars and acclaimed publications, gives it a unique and respected international reputation that helps promote Hong Kong cinema at home and abroad.

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