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Highlights from Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival 2017

Wing Kuang

Fri Jan 27 2017


The Golden Koala Chinese Film Festival (GKCFF) returns to Melbourne this Lunar New Year season with a cracking selection of independent and commercial Chinese films. The best part? All of their film screenings are FREE!

Between February 8 and 10, supporters of Chinese cinema can witness a selection of nine new films from established talent and emerging filmmakers at RMIT University’s Media and Communication School. Films have been selected from Chinese-speaking regions such as Taiwan, Hong Kong and of course, mainland China.

If you’re unsure on what to see, here’s what we suggest.

Heukseok Kids
Wednesday, February 8 (8.00pm – 10.00pm)

About a young man living in South Korea who learns that his mother has terminal cancer. When he returns home, he finds that it is not the place he once remembered. China has grown so rapidly in the last eight years since he first moved away that he is now feeling displaced amongst China’s expansion.

Director Liu Defu, actress Wang Yilin and composer Chen Shengyu will be in attendance to personally talk about his film in a Q&A with the audience after the film.

Packages from Daddy
Thursday, February 9 (4.00pm – 6.00pm)

After the sudden passing of his father, nine-year old Lan receives a mysterious package from his dad before his death. Inside he finds a broken antique clock and in attempt to deal with the grief of losing his parent, the young boy tries to fix the clock.

This Taiwanese tearjerker deals with the pain of losing a loved one and is sure to tug on the heart strings of viewers.

Detective Chinatown
Friday, February 10 (7.00pm – 9.30pm)

A commercial hit back home, this Chinese buddy comedy sees a police college reject go on vacation in Bangkok where he spends time with a man reputed in the city as Bangkok’s number one Chinatown detective. In actual fact, this man is a sleazy swindler but the ‘detective’ soon becomes embroiled in a murder case, of which he is the main suspect. The two try to solve the crime and clear Detective Chinatown’s name.

Although this film has already received theatrical distribution in Australia, this is your second chance to see Detective Chinatown on a big screen in case you missed it the first time around!

The festival will also be touring the rest of Australia with the grand opening of the festival being held in Sydney beginning February 2.

To learn more about the 2017 Golden Koala Film Festival, hit up the festival’s official website