Dir/Scr: Li Han-hsiang
Set Design: Chan King-sam
Cast: Arthony Lau Wing, Tai Liang-chun, Li Tien-hsing, Ku Feng
1982 / Colour / D Beta / Mandarin / Chi & Eng subtitles / 84min
Although autobiographical in most parts, Passing Flickers is no 8½ (1963) or Day for Night (1973) for Li Han-hsiang, a maverick Hong Kong filmmaker famous for historical epics as well as soft-porn comedies. Adapted from his serialized column in a best-selling local daily newspaper, the film contains a series of amusing vignettes, fictionalized but truthful, that take place on the sets in a studio. These contain gossips, tattles, scandals and betrayals of various degrees, but all invariably would end up on the bed. Nonetheless, being without a storyline and consisting only of scenes taken from different genres, the film gives designer Chan King-sam almost free-rein for his imagination. As such, the set switches from contemporary to period, from exterior to interior, and from realistic to non-realistic. In short, it is a feast of pleasurable visual treasures.
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