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12 Apr
Sun, Apr 12, 2020 at 8:15 pm
SFMOMA 151 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
14 Apr
Tue, Apr 14 at 3:00 pm
Roxie Theater


Yonfan’s vibrant and erotic animated film about youthful obsessions utilizes a remarkable new process that turns 3D illustrations into 2D images. Set in 1967 Hong Kong, when students protested British colonial rule, the story offers the remembrances of Fan Ziming, who finds himself sexually involved with Meiling, the lovely 18-year-old he’s hired to tutor, as well as her well-to-do mother, Mrs. Yu. The latter relationship develops during trips to the cinema, as the character (and, by extension, Yonfan himself) indulges a reverent cinephilia.

“As entrancingly singular as it is steeped in pastiche, this frequently dream-distracted vision of young love against the turmoil of the 1967 Hong Kong riots practically defies critics not to resort to that hoarily overused term ‘valentine to cinema’… meanwhile, the film’s unusual technique alone makes it essential viewing.” –Guy Lodge, Variety

Director Yonfan

Hong Kong photographer and filmmaker Yonfan made his directing debut in 1984 with A Certain Romance. Among his features to date are Promising Miss Bowie (1990), Bishonen (1998), and Prince of Tears (2009). He was also a contributor to the documentary Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013).

Film Details

Language Cantonese, Mandarin, French

Original Language Title Ji yuan tai qi hao

Year 2019

Runtime 125

Country Hong Kong/China

Director Yonfan

Producer Monica Chao

Writer Yonfan

Editor Wang Haixia

Music Yu Yat Yiu, Yonfan, Chapavich Temniitkul

Cast Sylvia Chang, Zhao Wei, Alax Lam,