Bring in the New Year with a bang. WM Celebrates: Lunar New Year with the Australian Premiere of four gripping and splendidly styled Asian films every Monday night in February.
Monday 2 February 8.30pm
Drug War (China, Hong Kong, 2012)
Manufacturing just fifty grams of Crystal Meth in China will earn you a death sentence, and Timmy Choi has manufactured tons of it. After a violent lab accident, he’s in the custody of Captain Zhang, and now he has only one chance to avoid execution: turn informant and help Zhang’s undercover team take down the powerful cartel he’s been cooking for.
Monday 9 February 8.30pm
Cold War (Hong Kong, 2012)
Police headquarters in Hong Kong receive an anonymous call: a fully-loaded police van carrying the advanced equipment and highly-trained officers has disappeared. The police must meet a list of demands to ensure the hostages’ release, including the delivery of a large ransom. Rival Deputy Commissioners Sean Lau and Waise Lee fight to take charge of the rescue operation, code named Cold War.
Monday 16 February 8.30pm
Black Coal, Thin Ice (China, 2014)
Two former cops start investigating the series of murders that ended and shamed their careers when the killings begin again. This stylish film noir was the winner of the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlinale.
Monday 23 February 8.30pm
Firestorm (Hong Kong, 2013)
A storm is heading to the city, and vows to bring down everything it touches. A crew of criminals led by the notorious Nam (Hu Jun), pull off an armoured car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. A senior police inspector Lui (Andy Lau), is determined to put an end to the madness. Tou (Lam Ka Tung), an ex-con, volunteers to be Lui’s snitch in exchange for a fresh start with her girlfriend Bing (Yao Chen).