美丽上海 | Shanghai Story

Shanghai Story

The Kang family was once well-off, owning a garden house in Shanghai, until catastrophe befell them in the late 1960s. The four adult children of the family are now scattered and residing in three places: Shanghai, Inner Mongolia and San Francisco. When the mother is suddenly hospitalized, the children return to see her. The family reunion, however, is anything but a happy event: the four siblings are unable to even have one peaceful dinner together, and the mother herself has serious matters to settle with all of them.

Directed by Xiaolian Peng | Starring : Joey Wang, Zhenyao Zheng, Youliang Zhao, Josephine Koo, Yuanzheng Feng | Presented at Shanghai Film Festival

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滚滚红尘 | Red Dust

Red Dust

Red Dust tells us the story of writer Shao Hua during the period 1935-1950. The story starts from a very personal point of view, by depicting the days when Shao Hua used to write alone, locked up in the attic by her father, then slowly unfolds to the wider reality of a country suffering poverty and persecution, because of the Japanese first, because of the clashes between the nationalists and the communists later. However, it’s not a sad movie: Shao Hua has love and friendship to care about, and indeed the movie is more of a journey of her heart, as she climbs through the ups and downs of life, with moments of laughter and glee following or giving way to moments of disappointment and insight. Alongside, as she is a writer, we also get to see as the steps of her existence influence the developing of her novel.

Directed by Ho Yim | Starring : Brigitte Lin, Han Chin, Maggie Cheung, Richard Ng, Josephine Koo | Presented at Berlin Film Festival, Singapore Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival

似水流年 | Homecoming

Homecoming

In Yim Ho’s Homecoming, a beautiful, modern woman makes a long visit to the small Chinese village in which she was raised. The air of the film is anything but nostalgic, since its stunning heroine, Shan Shan, has a ruefulness bordering on despondency. Her life in Hong Kong is successful by many standards, and she has the poise, the wardrobe and the bad habits to prove it. The visit home forces her to contrast all this with the simple family life enjoyed by two of her childhood friends.

Directed by Ho Yim | Starring : Josephine Koo, Gaowa Siqin, Weixiang Xie, Yun Zhou | Presented at Berlin Film Festival