Catch a restored Taiwanese classic, a Hong Kong masterpiece which swept the year's awards, an iconic Singaporean series and more

Good films aren’t always made of gravitas and jaw-dropping circumstances – something the Asian Film Archive hopes to prove as they enter the new year with a line-up of light-hearted comedies.

Preserving the rich film heritage of Asian Cinema, the Asian Film Archive holds Singapore’s first collection of films inscribed into the UNESCO Memory of the World Asia-Pacific Register.

 


(Summer Snow; courtesy of Warner Bros Entertainment Inc / Park Circus)

 

From 7 Jan – 27 Feb, the AFA presents hahaha: a season of comedy. Featuring a curated programme of 10 films across 5 decades and 8 countries, they showcase the most iconic of comic stylings, from the slapstick to the surreal, which are sure to coax your laughter.

Highlights include Pendekar Bujang Lapok (The Bachelor Warriors), a comic quadrilogy produced in Singapore between 1957 – 1961, and Summer Snow, a 1995 film from Hong Kong which swept the Golden Horse Awards, Hong Kong Film Awards, and bagged the Best Actress and Jury Prize awards at the Berlin International Film Festival that year.

 


(Cheerful Wind; courtesy of Star Alliance Movies (HK) Co. Ltd.)

 

Also screening from 15 Jan – 4 Feb is Taiwanese restored classic Cheerful Wind, a 1982 production by internationally-acclaimed New Taiwanese Cinema auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien, that follows a chance encounter with a blind man and the blossoming of an unlikely romance.

The entire line-up presented by AFA, including the above titles, will be screened exclusively at Oldham Theatre.

 


Find out more about the rest of the season and get your tickets via their site here.