The Soong Sisters
Dir: Mabel Cheung Scr: Alex Law
Cast: Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh,
Vivian Wu, Wu Hsing-kuo,
1997 / Colour / 35mm / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 145min
In the year of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty, Mabel Cheung and Alex Law (An Autumn's Tale, 1987) recount an important chapter in contemporary Chinese history through the perspective of the legendary Soong Sisters. Each of the three is characterised by their different passions: The one that loves money (Soong Ai-ling, played by Michelle Yeoh) marries a wealthy banker; the one that loves the country (Soong Ching-ling, played by Maggie Cheung) marries Sun Yatsen and goes into exile with him; the one that loves power (Soong May-ling, played Vivian Wu) marries Chiang Kai-shek and becomes the most powerful woman in China. Though they were inseparable as children, the three sisters are ultimately torn by war and differing political views as adults. Maggie Cheung won Best Actress at Hong Kong Film Awards for her performance as Soong Ching-ling in what remains Cheung and Law's most ambitious film to date.
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Post-screening talk with Mabel Cheung
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