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Director Ivy Ho: 'I Will Always Be a Writer'

Karena Lam in Claustrophobia (dir. Ivy Ho, 2008). (Mega Profit Creation Limited)

Karena Lam in Claustrophobia (dir. Ivy Ho, 2008). (Mega Profit Creation Limited)

NEW YORK, July 25, 2009 – Ivy Ho, director of Claustrophobia, which opened the Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF’09) presented by Asian Cinevision, talked to La Frances Hui, Senior Program Officer of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts of Asia Society, in front of a live audience about her new film, her career as a screenwriter, and reflected on the state of Hong Kong’s film industry. The one-on-one interview event was part of AAIFF’09.

Ivy Ho, one of Hong Kong’s most celebrated film writers, makes her directorial debut with Claustrophobia (2008). Born in Hong Kong, Ho began writing scripts for television at the age of 19. Her work has covered a wide range of genres, from romantic love stories to suspenseful crime thrillers. Her most memorable screenplays include Comrades, Almost a Love Story (1996) directed by Peter Chan, July Rhapsody (2001) directed by Ann Hui, and Divergence (2005) directed by Benny Chan. Claustrophobia is her screenplay.

Watch the Claustrophobia trailer below and click on the next page link to start Asia Society's interview with Ivy Ho.

Claustrophobia trailer (1 min., 41 sec.)

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