Anna Magdalena

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This article is about a Hong Kong film. For the noblewoman, see Countess Palatine Anna Magdalena of Birkenfeld-Bischweiler. For the given name, see Anna Magdalena (given name).
Anna Magdalena
Directed by Yee Chung-Man
Produced by Claudie Chung Chun (executive producer)
Golden Harvest[1]
United Filmmakers Organization (UFO)[1]
Written by Ivy Ho
Starring Aaron Kwok
Kelly Chen
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Music by Chiu Tsang-Hei[2][3]
Cinematography Peter Pau
Edited by Maurice Lee Ming-man[2]
Release dates
1998 (1998)
Running time
98 minutes[4]
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

Anna Magdalena (Chinese: 安娜瑪德蓮娜) is a 1998 Hong Kong film starring Aaron Kwok, Kelly Chen and Takeshi Kaneshiro. It was the directorial debut of production designer Yee Chung-Man.


The title refers to the keyboard piece Minuet in G Major believed to have been written by Johann Sebastian Bach's colleague, Christian Petzold, from the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.[2] Anna Magdalena was Bach's second wife. The music attracts the attention of Chan Kar-fu and Yau Muk-yan as Kelly Chen's character plays it on her piano. The film score uses this theme repeatedly.


The film structure loosely follows that of the minuet: four "movements", which are announced by titles: two themes, a duet, and a set of variations.[2] 1- Chan Kar-fu's (Takeshi Kaneshiro) introduction 2- Yau Muk-yan's (Aaron Kwok) effect on his life 3- Mok Man-Yee's (Kelly Chen) effect on their lives 4- Chan Kar-fu's literary vision of love.[5] This fourth "movement" (Variations) is a wild fantasy on the previous material, based on the novel written by Kaneshiro's character: The XO Pair.[3]

Unemployed aspiring writer Yau Muk-yan (Aaron Kwok) moves into the apartment of Chan Kar-fu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a shy piano tuner. Both will soon fall in love with their new neighbor Mok Man-Yee (Kelly Chen).

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The film grossed 7.8 million HK$ in Hong Kong.[4]

It was nominated at the 18th Hong Kong Film Awards:[3]

1999 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards: "Film of Merit"

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