Tag Archives: Cantonese

Hsiao-hsien Hou – Flowers of Shanghai AKA Hai shang hua (1998)

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Based on an 1894 novel by Han Ziyun, and starring Hong Kong film and recording star Tony Leung, Hou’s first film set outside of Taiwan takes place in the elegant brothels of late nineteenth-century Shanghai, a hermetic world with its own highly ritualized codes of behavior. It traces the destinies of the beautiful “flower girls”, whose lives depended on their ability to win, and then hold, the affections of their wealthy callers. A mesmerizing and seductive tale of sexual intrigue. Read More »

Clara Law – Qiu yue AKA Autumn Moon (1992)

A young video camera-wielding Japanese tourist traveling alone in Hong Kong pursues a tentative relationship with a Chinese teenager planning to join her family in Canada. Wai invites the young man to join her for a spectacular home-cooked meal made by her 80-year old grandmother. As their platonic friendship develops, the subtle relationships between generations, upheavals in traditional Hong Kong society and the clash between Asian cultural identities are explored with considerable warmth, charm and humor. Read More »

Ho-Cheung Pang – Yi sa bui lai AKA Isabella (2006)

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A Macao police officer’s bachelor life is interrupted by the daughter he never knew he fathered. Read More »

Kaz Cai & Wang Jing & Anocha Suwichakornpong – Breakfast Lunch Dinner (2010) (DVD)

Helmed by three female filmmakers from China, Thailand and Singapore respectively, the stories of these three films, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, occurs at a specific mealtime.

In Breakfast, Mei travels by train from the north to visit her boyfriend who has settled down in the south. Breakfast explores the theme of finding one’s own bearings when in love.

Lunch starts off with two teenagers who skip school to have lunch and plans to watch a film. The two teenagers spend the afternoon talking about life and their dreams. Read More »

Patrick Tam – Fu zi aka After This Our Exile [Director’s Cut] (2006)

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This film tells the tale of a young boy whose mother abandons the family after years of abuse at the father’s hands. The boy, loyal and unwilling to see his father in a negative light, turns to crime in order to support his father’s vices. Read More »

Mabel Cheung – Chou tin dik tong wah AKA An Autumn’s Tale (1987)

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Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise cabbie cousin takes care of her in the big city. Read More »

Mabel Cheung – Ba liang jin AKA Eight Taels of Gold (1989)

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Mabel Cheung may be one of the lesser known names of the early 80s Hong Kong New-Wave – directors such as Tsui Hark and Ann Hui gaining a greater attention worldwide – yet she has an indelible auteur’s stamp that ensure her greater works will stand the test of time. The subtle strokes which she paints works such as the sublime ‘An Autumn’s Tale’ are testament to the efficacy of her understated, yet consistently resonant style. ‘Eight Taels Of Gold’ is the opportunity to see the auteur behind the lens directing one of Hong Kong’s most beloved stars, Sammo Hung, as he participates in a rare non-action role. Read More »