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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
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).
Language Cantonese, Mandarin, French
Original Language Title Ji yuan tai qi hao
Country Hong Kong/China
Producer Monica Chao
Editor Wang Haixia
Music Yu Yat Yiu, Yonfan, Chapavich Temniitkul
Cast Sylvia Chang, Zhao Wei, Alax Lam,