More and more I think of documentaries as something subjective and spiritual. In a documentary, I don’t look for fine images, sound, or a lot of information. I look for a certain personality behind the camera who perceives the world, I discover in the editing the filmmaker’s restraint and subtlety in allowing a point of view to come through without forcing it, I see in the camera his or her breathing and pulse.... but these statements seem to hold true for me too, in all film efforts.
Born in Anshan in China in 1947. Moved to Macao at an early age, then to Hong-Kong. Worked as assistant to director King Hu, then directed many documentaries and fiction woks for television. Directed her first feature film The Secret in 1979, and was quickly recognized as one of the leading directors of the Hong Kong New Wave. Boat People (1982) showed to high acclaim at Cannes, and won Best Director and Best Picture at the Hong Kong Academy Awards in 1983. Works include Song of the Exile (1990) and Summer Snow (1995). Screened her documentary Personal Memoir of Hong Kong: As Time Goes By (1997), as a special invitation film at YIDFF ’97.
HONG KONG / 1999 / Cantonese / Color / 35mm (1:1.85) / 128 min
Director, Producer: Ann Hui
Script: Chan Kin-chung
Photography: Yu Lik-wai
Editing: Kwong Chi-leung
Sound: To Tuk-chi
Music: Clarence Hui, Chiu Tsang-hei
Cast: Rachel Lee, Lee Kang-sheng, Anthony Wong
Production Company: CLASS LIMITED
Source: Fukuoka City Public Library
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A story of Hong Kong in the 1980s, when the handover to Mainland China was a pressing, realistic issue. Student movements flourished in the 1970s. The rise of democracy movements in 1980s China also influenced Hong Kong society, and the colony saw an increase of illegal immigrants from the mainland. Economic growth and internationalization have increased the gap between the rich and the poor, resulting in part in an increase in crime. Against the background of this society in turmoil, the film paints a picture of social activists in rapidly changing Hong Kong society. The majority of the film is based on true stories.
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