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2014 Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival

THE 2014 Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival (GKCFF) will be taking place in Melbourne from January 31 to February 6 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). Phoebe Yuen has the details.

Image via GKFCC website.

Aaron Kwok and Tony Leung Ka-fai tensely face off in crime thriller, Cold War. Image via GKFCC website.

Organised by Chinese Film Festival Incorporated (CFFI), the Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival aims to promote Chinese films, broaden audiences’ understanding of the Chinese film culture and provide platforms for Chinese film enthusiasts to communicate.

The 2014 Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival will be held across three major cities: Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. In Melbourne, GKCFF will kick off on January 31 at 6.30 with an opening ceremony at ACMI. Special guests including director Tong Hui Pak, actress Shuting Yang and producer Chow Keung have been invited to attend and hold a Q&A session.

On the night, films All Apologies and The Love Songs of Tiedan will be screening. Everyone is welcome to join the ceremony and immerse themselves in the movie world with no entry cost.

All Apologies is a domestic drama about two families in the small Mainland village of Guangxi. Despite living peacefully as neighbours, both families’ circumstances change irrevocably after the son of one family is killed in a car accident caused by the hands of the father in the other family.

Meanwhile, The Love Songs of Tiedan elevates the mood with its multi-genre story of romance, comedy, and music set in the Chinese countryside during ’60s and ’70s. The film has been described as a spirited celebration of folk music and folk culture in China which began to dwindle once China’s Cultural Revolution made traction.

In addition to the aforementioned titles, eight other films will screening absolutely free from February 1 – 6 at ACMI. Among these is Cold War, a slick crime thriller featuring an all-star Chinese cast including Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Andy Lau, Charlie Young and Andy On.

Free tickets can only be collected on the day of screening at ACMI. The full Melbourne schedule can be found over at the GKCFF’s website.

The 2014 Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival (GKCFF) will take place in Melbourne from January 31 to February 6. For more information about the festival, a particular film or session times, please visit the GKCFF’s official website.

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