Dir: Ann Hui Scr: Ivy Ho
Cast: Jacky Cheung, Anita Mui,
Karena Lam, Shaun Tam
2002 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 103min
In this teacher-student love affair the intellectuals’ sentiments and regrets reverberates; in contrast with a young girl’s palpitating heart is a middle-aged teacher’s melancholy and his once glowing but long gone youth. The film’s lingering emotions exude screenwriter Ivy Ho’s remembrance of youth, her experience of ways of the words as well as her admiration of Chinese culture. After her success in Summer Snow (1995), director Ann Hui attempts to portray the state of mind of a man approaching middle-age. The light, self-soothing tragic-comedy has given place to a dense, delicate and subtle psychological realism which is hardly forgettable. Karena Lam’s early performance is a pleasant surprise while Jacky Cheung and Anita Mui both defied their stereotypical images for some spectacular performances. With July Rhapsody Ho won her second Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Screenplay after Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996).
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Screening courtesy of Filmko Entertainment Limited
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