Setsuko Hara Forever
Often compared to Greta Garbo, Setsuko Hara was a quiet and powerful force in Japanese cinema throughout the 40s-60s, before entering into life of seclusion in 1963, the same year her longtime collaborator Yasujiro Ozu died. But through films such as “Tokyo Story” and “The End of Summer” she embodied the idealized Japanese woman of her time: compassionate, elegant, patient yet principled. Cinefan is screening seven of her most notable films through June and July in honor of her passing in late 2015. Jun 5-Jul 31. The Grand Cinema, 2/F, Elements, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon; Hong Kong Film Archive, 1/F, 50 Lei King Rd., Sai Wan Ho, cinefan.com.hk. $65-85 from urbtix.hk.
Trick Factory—German Animation Film Festival
Before Walt Disney, there was Lotte Reiniger. The German animator’s style silhouetted her characters against dream-like backgrounds and swelling, symphonic scores. For over 60 years she paved the way for animators across the world. Get intimate with German animation with the Goethe-Institut: They’ve created 14 programs focusing on everything from contemporary animated films to German fairy tales, animated films in the Nazi period and plenty of Lotte Reiniger. Apr 28-Nov 11. Comix Home Base, 7 Mallory St., Wan Chai, goethe.de/ hongkong. Free.
“Tokyo Story,” by Yasujiro Ozu, playing at Setsuko Hara Forever