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  • Tracey

    Tracey

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Have not seen such a great HK film for a while. Love the clever Cantonese opera ref here. The second Cantonese song was the same as the one sung by Leslie Cheung’s character in his childhood in Farewell My Concubine. It serves two purposes - Kara Wai is a very old-fashioned and traditional woman in terms of sexual and moral stance. And my friend told me once that if a male actor playing a female role in Chinese opera it…

  • Thin Dream Bay

    Thin Dream Bay

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    There are some interesting shots like the crane shot from the top to the bedroom (how did the cameraman do it?) and basically it's a short film asked by the HK International Film Festival to Shu Kei to make it - it's a loose fictionalisation of the Chinese director Evan YANG's 星星月亮太陽 Sun, Moon and Star (1961 film), which adapted the writer Su XU's novel of the same name (1953). The score was done by Duu-Chih TU and in general…

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  • My Heart Is That Eternal Rose

    My Heart Is That Eternal Rose

    ★★★★

    With a strong cast including the HK writer John Chan Koon-chung as a co-scripter, Christopher Doyle as a co-cinematographer, Danny Chung as the sound designer, My Heart Is That Eternal Rose has strong affinity with WKW's early films, esp. Days of Being Wild (1990) and Fallen Angels (1995):

    - That scene when Rick Ma (Kenny Bee) met Ah-Lap (Joey Wong) evokes that noted "eternal 1 minute" scene of Leslie Cheung and Maggie Cheung at the tuck shop
    - The "killers…

  • The Soong Sisters

    The Soong Sisters

    ★★★½

    Wow this's a national allegory (paralleling individual journey to national destiny) that does not look like national allegory as this episode was indeed history itself - under the directorial eye of Mabel Cheung and her scriptwriter/husband Alex Law. I was a tad surprised and ignorant to learn from the YouTube comments of the video that the Soong sisters have three Soong brothers who got rarely mentioned in their story, T. V. Soong (the 3rd child; between Ching-ling and Mei-ling), T.L.…