Bringing touching tales of lust, relationships and affairs of the heart, feel the love in the air with some of Asia’s most romantic films. From the tragic to the triumphant, delve into these stories of romance, where against all odds, love conquers all.
A Chinese Ghost Story
Award: FOUR 1987 Golden Horse Awards; THREE 1988 HK Film Awards
|Directors:||Ching Siu Tung|
|Cast:||Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Lau Siu Ming|
A beautiful love story set during the days of the Qing Dynasty, A Chinese Ghost Story stars Leslie Cheung as Ning, a lowly tax collector who seeks refuge for the night at the abandoned Lam Ro Temple. While there, he meets and falls in love with Lit (Joey Wang), a beautiful ghost who is damned for eternity to serve the evil tree demon Lao Lao (Lau Siu Ming), who feasts on the souls of amorous young males. With the help of a Taoist priest and a sworn enemy of Lao Lao, Master Yan (Wu Ma) and Ning set out to free the soul of the one he loves from the clutches of the evil tree demon.
1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Supporting Actor: Wu Ma
1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Costume Design
1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Film Editing
1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Screenplay
1988 HK Film Awards - Best Art Direction
1988 HK Film Awards - Best Music Score
1988 HK Film Awards - Best Theme Song
1988 Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival - Special Jury Award
1988 Fantafestival - Best Direction : Ching Siu Tung
1988 Fantasporto International Fantasy Film Award - Best Film
An Autumn’s Tale
Award: 1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Actor: Chow Yun Fat
|Cast:||Chow Yun Fat, Cherie Chung, Danny Chan|
Cherie Chung plays the role of Jenny, a young college student who moves to New York City to reunite with her boyfriend Vincent (Danny Chan); only to find out that he has a new woman and has decided to move to Boston. Heart broken and lonely, she is taken care of by her distant cousin Figurehead (Chow Yun Fat). Regardless of their vastly different personalities, Figurehead soon finds himself falling for Jenny, despite being self-conscious about his humble upbringing, compulsive gambling, and coarse ways. Jenny loves being around Figurehead but cannot imagine being married to him. They soon realize they have to face the question of whether two incredibly mismatched people can really be together.
Au Revoir, Mon Amour
Award: 1991 Golden Horse Awards - Best Theme Song
|Cast:||Anita Mui, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Hidekazu Akai|
In this romantic melodrama set during the Sino-Japanese conflict, Anita Mui stars as Mui Ye, a singer at her father’s nightclub in Shanghai. Mui Ye is pregnant with her former lover’s baby, Liang Seng (Tony Leung Kai Fai), a man she truly loves, but with his duties during the war, Mui Ye is oblivious as to whether he is even still alive. With the Japanese occupation, Anita responds to the proposal of a Japanese officer and marries him. As the war concludes, Liang Seng returns to find his lost love and is heart broken to discover her new life.
A Fishy Story
Award: 1990 Hong Kong Film Awards - Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography
|Cast:||Maggie Cheung, Kenny Bee, Anthony Chan|
Set in Hong Kong during the 1960’s amid the unrest of anti-colonial sentiment, riots and demonstrations is an offbeat love affair between two unlikely neighbours. Huang (Maggie Cheung) is an aspiring actress and social climber. Kung (Kenny Bee) is an unlicensed cab driver and rich-woman's boy toy. Huang’s dream of starting a new life in America threatens to tear them apart, until she finds herself in a situation from which only Kung can save her.
1990 HK Film Awards - Best Actress : Maggie Cheung
1990 HK Film Awards - Best Art Direction
1990 HK Film Awards - Best Cinematography
Princess Chang Ping
|Cast:||Lung Kim Sung, Mui Suet See |
An early film from acclaimed director John Woo, Princess Chang Ping is based on a famous historic Chinese opera portraying the tragic love story between Princess Chang Ping and young scholar Chou Shih Hsien.
The Ming Dynasty is coming to a faltering end with the new Manchu Dynasty ready to invade from the North. About to wed her true love Chou Shih Hsien (Mui Suet See), Princess Chang Ping (Lung Kim Sung) manages to evade the new dynasty and go into hiding as a Buddhist nun. Under the rule of the new Emperor, the Princess and her eternal love are eventually reunited. But as is always the way with tragic love stories, their happiness does not last long.
Award: THREE 1987 Golden Horse Awards & SIX 1989 HK Film Awards
|Cast:||Anita Mui, Leslie Cheung, Alex Man, Emily Chu|
Adapted from the Li Bi Hua novel of the same name, Stanley Kwan’s acclaimed multi-award-winning film Rouge is one of Hong Kong’s true cinematic gems, and widely regarded as an Asian film classic.
Anita Mui plays Fleur, a high-class courtesan in the 1930s who begins a passionate love affair with Twelfth Master Chan Chen Pang (Leslie Cheung). With their love for each other doomed, due to Chan’s disapproving family, the two lovers resolve to be together in the afterworld by swallowing opium.
However, finding herself alone in the afterworld for fifty years, Fleur re-immerges in the world of the living, and with the help of two journalists, Yuen (Alex Man) and his girlfriend, Chor (Emily Chu), sets out to look for her long lost lover.
1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Actress: Anita Mui
1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Art Direction
1987 Golden Horse Awards - Best Cinematography
1989 HK Film Awards - Best Director: Stanley Kwan
1989 HK Film Awards - Best Film
1989 HK Film Awards - Best Actress: Anita Mui
1989 HK Film Awards - Best Film Editing
1989 HK Film Awards - Best Music Score
1989 HK Film Awards - Best Theme Song
1989 Asia-Pacific Film Festival - Best Actress: Anita Mui
1988 Nantes Three Continents Festival - Golden Montgolfiere
1988 Torino International Festival of Young Cinema - Special Mention
Award: 1986 Golden Horse Awards - Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Art Direction
|Cast:||Sylvia Chang, George Lam, Cora Miao, Chung King Fai|
Starring and directed by Sylvia Chang, Passion tells the story of the complex relationship between two middle-aged friends who sit down and reminisce about their lives.
Wendy (Sylvia Chang) and Ming (Cora Miao) are inseparable friends who are both in love with handsome lawyer John (George Lam). When Wendy can't bring herself to tell him how she feels, John ends up marrying Ming. Wendy soon marries a kindly older man named Dr. King (Chung King Fai), though the union proves to be more of admiration than of passion. Over time, Wendy and John eventually drift into an extramarital affair. As the two friends continue to drink and talk, Wendy eventually unburdens herself of a secret to Ming.
1986 Golden Horse Awards - Best Actress: Sylvia Chang
1986 Golden Horse Awards - Best Supporting Actress: Cora Miao
1986 Golden Horse Awards - Best Art Direction
1987 HK Film Awards - Best Actress: Sylvia Chang
1987 HK Film Awards - Best Theme Song
|Cast:||Alan Tam, Cecilia Yip, Ni Shu Chun, Philip Chan|
Marking Ringo Lam’s directorial debut, Hong Kong Cantopop star Alan Tam stars in the romantic comedy Esprit D’Amour.
Tam plays insurance investigator Ming, who is assigned to investigate the accidental death of Siu Yu (Ni Shu Chun), after she falls from her roof. During the investigation, her ghost appears from beyond the grave, and despite Ming’s pending nuptials to his fiancé Ivy (Cecilia Yip), Ming and Sui Yu begin to fall in love. When his friends and family find out what is going on, a battle between the supernatural and the natural begins. Making matters worse is Ming’s boss, Peter (Philip Chan) who refuses to offer insurance to Siu Yu’s beneficiary, her fiveyear- old neighbour. As problems escalate, the big question is whether love will win out in the end.
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