Midnight Fly

Midnight Fly

Dir/Prod: Jacob Cheung Chi-leung
Scr: Tang Tsz-chun
Prod Co: Filmko
Cast: Anita Mui, Risa Junna, Shaun Tam, Simon Yam
2001 | Colour | Digital File | English & Cantonese | Chi & Eng Subtitles | 106min

Grieving for her failing marriage, Michele (Anita Mui) sets off to Europe where she meets a Japanese woman named Miki (Risa Junna), who is also struggling with her own personal conflicts. The two heartbroken women form a quick bond. But things go south when Michele finds out Miki is her husband's mistress, and Miki is then found missing in Morocco. Nevertheless, Michele is determined to save her new friend at all costs.

Hong Kong-Japan cinematic collaboration hit a new high at the beginning of the 2000s. We have Norika Fujiwara in China Strike Force (2000), Takashi Sorimachi in Fulltime Killer (2001), and Michele Reis in The City of Lost Souls (2000), to name a few. Mui takes a new attempt and challenge in this film which is largely shot in English, and she also manages to speak Japanese naturally with her co-star, thanks to her experience in hosting Japanese TV shows in the early 80s. While the heroic bloodshed genre glorifying loyal brotherhoods was prevalent in 90s Hong Kong, Midnight Fly broke the status quo by featuring a strong and complex female protagonist while championing powerful female friendships. Mui was nominated for Best Actress at the 38th Golden Horse Awards for her superlative performance.

Date Time Venue
9/9/2023 (Sat) # [Full House] 5:30pm Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive

# Post-screening talk with Thomas Shin

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