July Rhapsody

July Rhapsody

Dir/Prod: Ann Hui
Scr: Ivy Ho
Prod Co: Filmko
Cast: Anita Mui, Jacky Cheung, Karena Lam, Shaun Tam, Tou Chung-hua
2002 | Colour | DCP | Cantonese | Chi & Eng Subtitles | 103min

A 40-year-old high school teacher Lam Yiu-kwok (Jacky Cheung) is caught in his midlife crisis, a marriage on the rocks, and a taboo teacher-student romance when his student Choy-lam (Karena Lam) doesn't seem to hide her crush on him, while his wife Chan Man-ching (Anita Mui) is off to care for her dying ex-lover, Mr Seng (Tou Chung-hua), who shares a complicated history with the couple.

Celebrated female director Ann Hui delves deep into middle-aged angst again after Summer Snow (1995). Drawing on Chinese poetry and student-teacher romances in two generations, the film poetically explores the trials and tribulations of middle adulthood, grieving over broken relationships, long-gone youth and lost dreams. While the film is quiet in tone, it's a deeply affecting human drama that captures turbulent emotions. In her final film appearance, Mui completely disappears into her role as an everyday woman with a long-buried secret, and a mother/wife who lost herself in marriage in search of love and acceptance. Her organic and effortless performance earned her multiple Best Actress nominations.

Date Time Venue
29/7/2023 (Sat) # [Full House] 2:00pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Thomas Shin

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