Love in a Fallen City (film)
|Love in a Fallen City|
Hong Kong DVD Cover
|Cantonese||King1 Sing4 zi1 Lyun2|
|Directed by||Ann Hui|
|Produced by||Lawrence Wong|
|Written by||Fengcho (screenplay)
Eileen Chang (novel)
Geung Cheung Ping
|Music by||Lam Man Yee|
|Edited by||Chow Cheung Kan|
|Distributed by||Shaw Brothers Studio|
|2 August 1984|
Love in a Fallen City is a 1984 Hong Kong film directed by Ann Hui. It was adapted from the novella of the same name by Eileen Chang, and produced by Shaw Brothers Studio. The movie stars Chow Yun-fat and Cora Miao as the romantic leads.
The film followed in the trail of Hui's critically acclaimed Vietnam film Boat People but was a much more modest commercial success. The movie earned HK$8,134,727. Ann Hui adapted another Eileen Chang novel thirteen years later in Eighteen Springs.
The film is set in 1940s Shanghai and Hong Kong. Bai Liu-Su (Cora Miao) is an introverted divorcée who has her fair share of misery after breaking up with her good-for-nothing husband. Her large, extended family feels she has shamed them through divorce. Her situation at home has become unbearable. A charming Malayan businessman based in Hong Kong, Fan Liu-yuan (Chow Yun-Fat), who is always surrounded by women, happens to visit Shanghai and becomes interested in Bai after chancing on her through mutual friends. Fan sees in Bai what many others don't and tries his best to make her fall in love again. A middle-aged couple tries to matchmake the two.
Bai takes a gamble and decides to visit Hong Kong with the Japanese invasion of China looming, willing to risk all just to get out of her awkward family situation; even though she falls for Fan, future is uncertain. It is only through surviving war-torn Hong Kong as civilians that the two realize that they truly love each other.
- Best Supporting Actress (Chiao Chiao)
- Best Cinematography (Anthony Hope)
- Best Art Direction (Tony Au).
- Love in a Fallen City at the Internet Movie Database
- Love in a Fallen City at Rotten Tomatoes
- A review of the film and its DVD
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