The 32nd Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF) will be taking place from 17 March to 06 April 2008.
A press conference was held today at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsimshatsui and details of this year's festival programme were revealed.
Guests in attendance included HKIFF committee chairman Wilfred Wong JP (王英偉太平紳士), film directors Ann Hui (許鞍華) and Vincent Chui, Eric Tsang (曾志偉), Yumiko Cheng (鄭希怡), Sherman Chung (鍾舒漫), Ken Hung (洪卓立), Pakho Chau (周柏豪) and Chelsea Tong (唐素琪).
During his speech, Eric revealed that he has been in the film industry for 35 years. Asked if he would like a TV station to make a special programme to showcase his career like TVB did to mark the 40th year in showbiz for Lydia Sum (沈殿霞), he said that he has been approached about this on numerous occasions, but does not want to make this programme and would prefer to celebrate with a group of friends instead. He added that Lydia was indeed very popular though because so many people took part in making that show for her.
Talking about his hugely emotional reaction during the tribute show for Lydia on Tuesday evening following the news of her death in the morning, Eric revealed that he cried for two days afterwards because he was so sad. Asked if he will be attending her funeral in Vancouver, he said he will not, but will do his best to help prepare for the memorial service that will be held in Hong Kong on 02 March.
Commenting on Joyce Cheng (鄭欣宜)'s maturity in dealing with her mother's death, Eric said that she needs some time and everyone can see that. He also hoped that she will receive the same support that her mother did.
Asked about his thoughts about Edison Chen (陳冠希) finally talking to the press about the recent sex photos scandal, Eric said that it was good for Edison to finally face up to the situation and bring it to an end. He said that he felt the incident will start to die down now. Asked to comment on rumours that Edison will be rebuilding his reputation by concentrating on western films, Eric said it is up to Edison's discretion. Eric reiterated that the most important thing was that Edison had faced up to the what had happened.