Full Moon in New York
Dir: Stanley Kwan
Scrs: Chiu Kang-chien, Zhong Ah-cheng
Cast: Siqin Gaowa, Sylvia Chang, Maggie Cheung
1990 / Colour / 35mm (Revised) / Cantonese / Chi & Eng subtitles / 89 min
Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (Category III)
Dir: Stanley Kwan Scr: Edward Lam
1996 / Colour / D Beta / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 81min
Three women (Siqin Gaowa, Sylvia Chang and Maggie Cheung) from three different places (Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong) meet as strangers in a strange land and become kindred spirits. Director Stanley Kwan and co-writer Chiu Kang-chien use the wintry views of New York City to serve as a metaphor for the women’s bitter inner lives and their cold isolation from their new home. Despite the reportedly tumultuous creative process, the final result is a moving, timely character drama about the Chinese diaspora with three splendid lead performances.
Also screened with this film is Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema , a documentary commissioned by BFI to celebrate the Centenary of Cinema. Through interviews with directors and actors on their view towards family, and homosexuality, Kwan comes to a conclusion on how to deal with his own sexuality – a conclusion that culminates in a powerful finale.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Double bill: Full Moon in New York, Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema
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