Dir / Scr: Lee Sun-fung
Orig Story: Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
Cast: Pak Yin, Cheung Wood-yau, Ma Si-tsang, Mui Yee
1955 / B&W / 35mm / Cantonese / Chi & Eng subtitles / 117min
An adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s voluminous Anna Karenina, Anna cleverly incorporates the ideas of female liberation into Chinese traditional social morality; glorifying females for their faithfulness, while mocking hypocritical aristocrats. The film depicts a love triangle centers around Anna (Pak Yin), who eventually rejects the caring child playmate (Cheung Wood-yau), and remains loyal to her unloving husband (Ma Si-tsang) instead. Lee Sun-fung masterfully mixes Western and Eastern ethics, while representing it through the frames of Cantonese drama. Visually attractive, the scenes are thoughtfully crafted with careful design to deliver messages or reflect on characters’ mentalities. Anna offers audience food for thoughts.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with Grace Ng
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