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  • Hai Leong Toh


th April-2nd May) started just before the closing of the more established 22nd Hong Kong International Film Festival on18th April. Big is the word for this year's festival and the 300 films shown is nearly twice the size of Hong Kong's output of 160 films. Of course, more does not necessarily mean better. However, the Singapore festival this year did have an overwhelming number of entertaining features, avant garde feminist video works (Women About Women), a flood of South East Asian shorts and experimental films, seminar workshops with the proponents of the emerging Asian-American cinema, led by Chris Chan Lee (Yellow), Renee Tajima-Pena (My America ... Or Honk If You Love Buddha), lara Lee (Modulations), Jon Moritsugu (Fame Whore). There was a tribute to Cannes' 50th Anniversary with a slew of l 5 French Golden Palm winners and a Wim Wenders' retrospective comprising l5 films. Homage was also paid to...