Dream Lovers

Dream Lovers

Dir: Tony Au
Scrs: Manfred Wong, Chiu Kang-chien
Prod Co: D & B
Cast: Brigitte Lin, Chow Yun-fat, Cher Yeung, Elaine Jin, Wong Man-lei
1986 | Colour | 35mm | Cantonese | 96min

‘Around 1985, after watching the Qin dynasty Terracotta exhibition in Hong Kong, I had an epiphany with scriptwriter Chiu Kang-chien: Let's make a movie on the interaction of the past and present, a love story centred around a Qin dynasty Terracotta warrior. We teamed up with producer Vicky Leung and approached D & B's John Sham. Sparks flew! We were allowed to make the film just as we had imagined it, 100%.'—Tony Au

Renowned for his art direction in Hong Kong New Wave films, Tony Au exercises his keen, artful sensibility in his directorial work Dream Lovers. Pleasing to both the eye and the ear, the result further interweaves interesting questions of arts, history, and philosophy. Sung (Chow Yun-fat) and Yuet (Brigitte Lin) are strangers in real life but lovers in their dreams. In fact, they were in love in their past life, suffering a tragic end back in the Qin dynasty and they are given a second chance two thousand years later. The confusion between dream and reality permeates every level of the art direction, every audio-visual detail—the picturesque composition, the meticulous décor, the graceful performance, and the avant-garde music. Dream Lovers has both style and substance; it has found an appropriate form for its narrative.

Date Time Venue
10/12/2022 (Sat) # [Full House] 11:00am Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Eric Tsang Siu-wang

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