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Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival

Soul Mate

Qiyue yu Ansheng
China, Hong Kong 2016, 110’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Derek Tsang
screenplay: Lam Wing Sum, Li Yuan, Xu Yi-meng, Wu Nan
cinematography: Jake Pollock, Yu Jing-ping
editing: Derek Hui, Le Dianshi, Tan Xiang-yuan, Zhou Xiaolin
music: Yusuke Hatano, Peter Kam
cast: Zhou Dongyu, Ma Sichun, Toby Lee
producer: Peter Chan Ho-sun, Jojo Hui Yuet-chun
production: We Pictures Ltd, JOYCORE COMMUNICATION CO., LTD.
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Golden Horse FF 2016 - Best Leading Actress; Hong Kong Film Awards 2017 - Best Original Film Score; Osaka Asian FF 2017 - ABC Award; 23rd Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award - Best Actress, Films of Merit; 8th China Film Director's Guild Awards - Best Hong Kong / Taiwan Director

Film description

A woman living in Shanghai, Ansen, is asked to help find the author of a popular internet novel, which is about to be turned into a movie. Ansen is one of the protagonists of the autobiographical story, but she has not been in touch with the writer. She seems to have an ambivalent attitude to the memories awakened by the search, but the past refuses to be swept under a rug – reading the diary takes her back to the times when she was 13 and has just met her best friend, July.

Stretched over two decades, the story of two girls’ turbulent friendship is a passionate, melancholic tale about teenage volatility, coming of age, and the painful clash with reality. The director masterfully captures the beauty and the inevitable pain of the process. His sensitivity in portraying the details of every-day life, the elusive moments affirming the close bond between the characters, resembles the poetics of Sofia Coppola’s films. The girls' story is also a glimpse of the history of modern China – which is also blooming, hungry for life, striving for a better future, and grappling with its problems. Ansen and July, charismatic and intriguing from the very first scene, are a pair of perfectly complementing opposites – the actresses playing the girls received a double award for the best leading actress, for the first time in the history of the prestigious Golden Horse Festival.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Derek Tsang

Born in 1979, actor and director. Son of a renown actor Eric Tsang. He grew up in Hong Kong, graduated from sociology at the University of Toronto. He debuted in 2003 with his role in "Men Suddenly in Black" and has since starred in over 40 films. In 2010, he co-directed an urban drama "Lover's Discourse," which won the Grand Prix at Osaka AFF.


2010 Leun yan sui yu / Lover's Discourse (Co-director)

2012 Lacuna (Co-director)

2014 Streets of Macao (Co-director)

2016 Good Take! (Co-director)

2016 Zapiski z przyjaźni / Qiyue yu Ansheng / Soul Mate 

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