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SATURDAY: What’s on in London today [29/01/22]

SATURDAY 29 JANUARY 2022 (A–Z) // What’s on in London today across DIY, indie & alternative cinema including one-off screen events, film seasons, film festivals & our selection of new releases.

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A CHINESE ODYSSEY: A DOUBLE-BILL presented by Focus Hong Kong at Genesis Cinema for Chinese New Year: PANDORA’S BOX d. Jeffrey Lau, 1995 (29 JAN 14:00) + CINDERELLA d. Jeffrey Lau, 1995 (29 JAN 15:50).

“Focus Hong Kong presents a very special Chinese New Year double bill screening of legendary comedian Stephen Chow’s classic take on A Journey to the West, offering a rare chance to catch his iconic portrayal of the Monkey King on the big screen. Originally released in 1995, A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box and Part Two: Cinderella were massive hits at the domestic box office, and are considered among the very best modern Hong Kong films, having become a much-loved Chinese New Year tradition.

Mixing fantasy and comedy, the films are a wild reinvention of A Journey to the West, set in ancient China and with Chow as shabby gang boss Joker, who’s actually the reincarnation of the Monkey King, banished from the heavens after angering the gods. Pushed by a pair of demonic sisters (Yammie Lam and Karen Mok), Joker joins the Longevity Monk (Law Kar Ying) on his quest for holy scriptures, encountering a series of outlandish characters as his adventures lead him to uncover his destiny.

With Stephen Chow already a megastar in China, A Chinese Odyssey helped introduce his work to audiences around the world, paving the way for his later blockbusters Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle and The Mermaid. By turns hilarious, thrilling and moving, the two films are endlessly entertaining and provide a perfect showcase for Chow’s talents, backed by an all-star cast of famous Hong Kong faces and some fantastic special effects.”


  • A CHINESE ODYSSEY: A DOUBLE-BILL presented by Focus Hong Kong at Genesis Cinema for Chinese New Year: PANDORA’S BOX d. Jeffrey Lau, 1995 (29 JAN 14:00) + CINDERELLA d. Jeffrey Lau, 1995 (29 JAN 15:50).
  • GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER(S) d. David Wilkinson, 2021 at The David Lean (29 JAN 13:30).
  • THE HARDER THEY COME d. Perry Henzell, 1972 + Intro by The Twelve30 Collective at Riverside Studios (29 JAN 14:15).
  • HERE BEFORE d. Stacey Gregg, 2022 presented by Irish Film London at Kiln Cinema for St. Brigid’s Day (29 JAN 18:00).
  • World Wide Weird All-Dayer 4! featuring Sang-ok Shin’s PULGASARI (1985), Wei Tung’s MAGIC COP (1990), Norman J Warren’s PREY (1977) + intros, VJ set, Mystery Film & raffle at The King & Queen W1W (29 JAN 12:00 – Entry £5 raffle ticket, all proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support).

4K PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE LIGHTHOUSE 4K d. Robert Eggers, 2019 (29 JAN 13:00); GOLDFINGER 4K d. Guy Hamilton, 1964 (29 JAN 15:30).

35MM PRESENTATIONS at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (until 03 MAR).

3+3: A PROJECT CURATED BY APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL at ICA

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR aka Rat Ti Khon Kaen d. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015 (29 JAN 19:00).

007 SEASON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): GOLDFINGER 4K d. Guy Hamilton, 1964 (29 JAN 15:30).

ATLAS OF BELONGING at ICA

BIG SCREEN CLASSICS: THE FILMS IN TRUFFAUT’S LIFE at BFI Southbank

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): ROME, OPEN CITY aka Rome, città aperta d. Roberto Rossellini, 1945 (29 JAN 13:00).

BLACK & WHITE MOVIES at The Prince Charles

THE FILMS OF PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): LICORICE PIZZA 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2021 (until 03 MAR).

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT: FOR THE LOVE OF FILMS at BFI Southbank

FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT REVISITED at Ciné Lumière

  • Includes (check venue for full listings): THE 400 BLOWS aka Les Quatre cents coups d. François Truffaut, 1959 (29 JAN 16:10).

JONAS MEKAS 100! at Close-Up

MOVIE MARATHONS at The Prince Charles

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON 35MM LATE NIGHTS at Everyman Screen On The Green

  • Includes (check venue for listings): PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE 35mm d. Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002 (29 JAN 22:30).

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH at BFI Southbank

TWO BY RYÛSUKE HAMAGUCHI at The Prince Charles

  • Includes (check venue for listings): DRIVE MY CAR d. Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, 2021 (29 JAN 14:45).


SOUTH: SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON’S GLORIOUS EPIC OF THE ANTARCTIC d. Frank Hurley, 1919.

TAMING THE GARDEN d. Salomé Jashi, 2021.



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