Anna Magdalena

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Anna Magdalena
DVD cover
Directed byYee Chung-Man
Produced byClaudie Chung
Written byIvy Ho
StarringAaron Kwok
Kelly Chen
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Music byChiu Tsang-hei[1][2]
CinematographyPeter Pau
Edited byMaurice Lee[1]
Golden Harvest[3]
United Filmmakers Organization (UFO)[3]
Distributed byGolden Harvest
Release date
April 4, 1998 (1998-04-04)
Running time
98 minutes[4]
CountryHong Kong
Box officeHK$7,805,160

Anna Magdalena (Chinese: 安娜瑪德蓮娜) is a 1998 Hong Kong romantic fantasy comedy 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.[1] Anna Magdalena was Bach's second wife. The music attracts the attention of Chan Kar-fu and Yau Muk-yan as Mok Man-yee 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.[1] 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.[2]

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 HK$7.8 million in Hong Kong.[4]

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