Hong Kong and Singapore

  • Hai Leong Toh


SINGAPORE AND HONG KONG FESTIVALS: DIVERSITY, CONTRAST AND SIMILARITY FROM the 1st Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) in 1977 with 27 films to this year's 20th HKIFF with some 200 films, the increase in the number of films shown has been more than seven-fold. Case 2: In 1987, the 1st Singapore International Film Festival (SIFF) exhibited 50 films. In comparison, 90 movies were presented in 1996, a near two-fold increase. However, what the festival lacked in sheer quantity it made up for in quality. The HKIFF is 11 years older than the latter. However, as the date of Hong Kong's cessation to China on 1st July 1997 draws nearer, the HKIFF looks increasingly set to transfer its authority and eclecticism to its Singapore counterpart. Thus in this year's HKIFF (25th March to 9th April) and SIFF (4th to 20th April), prints were shared for mutual benefit and to...