NO. 7 CHERRY LANE
Spotlight on Hong Kong Yonfan
Yonfan, known as the prince of sensuous Hong Kong cinema, returns to the big screen after a decade long hiatus. NO. 7 CHERRY LANE, also his animation debut, finds the renowned filmmaker, photographer, and art connoisseur returning to the Hong Kong of his youth, during a time of political upheaval, money to be made, European new wave cinema, and uninhibited desires.
1967 was the year of the leftist riots, with violent clashes between anti-colonial demonstrators and police erupting in Hong Kong's streets (ironically, much like the police and protest clashes happening on Hong Kong streets today). For Ziming (Alex Lam), however, a more personal revolution is about to begin. A handsome and athletic student at the University of Hong Kong, Ziming takes a tutoring gig to teach the fashionable Meiling (Zhao Wei), the daughter of Mrs. Yu (Sylvia Chang), a single mother and exporter of luxury goods to Taiwan, who dresses in a cheongsam as daily attire (as all ‘60s era Hong Kong mavens do). Amidst stimulating discussions of Brontë, Proust and Cao Xueqin, as well as viewing films of tormented love starring Simone Signoret in one of Hong Kong’s iconic movie palaces, Ziming finds himself drawn into intimate entanglements with both Meiling and Mrs. Yu. And this is where it starts to get weird (pay special attention to those cats).
Steeped in art and history that swims in a surreal swirl within Yonfan’s mind, NO.7 CHERRY LANE is a unique feature animation that bridges fantasy and memory, politics and sensuality. Utilizing a new process that turns original 3-D illustrations into 2-D images on rice paper, Yonfan has created a love letter to Hong Kong, a message that resonates even more so in these truly turbulent times for this special region as the term “one country, two systems” may become a thing of the past sooner than the intended year of 2046.
|Thursday 14||19:00 - 21:10||Regal Dole Cannery 1|
|Saturday 16||15:45 - 17:55||Regal Dole Cannery 13|
|Cast||Chang Sylvia, Zhao Wei, Lam Alex and Kelly Yao.|
|Music||Yu Yat Yiu.|