The Asian Summer Film Festival paid homage to the actress Kara Wai (Kara Hui) with a double screening session and with the Lucky Cat Award at the book launch of KUNG FU GIRLS!
The tribute took place on Saturday 22nd of July and it consisted of two different parts: in the morning, Cinema Vigatà hosted a double screening session showing the first and last films with the star of Hong Kong action films: My Young Auntie (Liu Chia-Liang, 1981) and Mrs. K (Ho Yuhang, 2017).
In the afternoon, the public celebrated the actress’ career at an event held at the Casino de Vic to present the book KUNG FU GIRLS! Las actrices del cine de acción de Hong Kong y China. Since the actress was not able to attend the Asian Summer Film Festival, Kara Wai thanked the audience for the award in a video message from Hong Kong.
The event was presented by the director of the festival, Quim Crusellas, the Councilor for Culture of the City Council of Vic, Mrs. Susagna Roura, the Regional Minister of Tourism of the Osona Local Council, Ms. Mila Martínez, and the Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels (HKETO), Mr. Sam Hui. The book KUNG FU GIRLS! was presented by its authors: Domingo López, Jorge Endrino and Toni Benages (illustrator).
Kara Wai made his debut in the late 70s with the Shaw Brothers production company, she took part in box office hits such as The Tigress of Shaolin (1979) and The Lady is the Boss (1983). Over a four-decade acting career, the awarded actress has never stopped working, playing in female action films of all kinds, such as girls with guns or martial arts comedies. In recent years, she has moved towards cinema d’auteur getting plenty of success and international awards. Mrs. K, screened in the Official Section of the festival, represents her farewell from action films.
The homage to this star of the cinema from Hong Kong is part of the retrospective dedicated to actresses from Asian action films that has been the core theme of this years edition of the Asian Summer Film Festival.
The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels has collaborated with the festival for publishing this book to highlight women’s roles in Hong Kong action films. During the festival, the Retrospective screenings included five films and two documentaries, as well as some other special screenings and events sessions.
Some of the films from the Retrospective will be shown again, after the summer, at the Fundació Institut Confuci in Barcelona.