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Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival

Summer Snow

Nu ren si shi
Hong Kong 1995, 100’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Ann Hui
screenplay: Chan Man-keung
cinematography: Mark Lee Pin-bing
editing: Wong Yee Shun
music: Otomo Yoshihide
cast: Roy Chiao, Josephine Siao, Law Kar-ying
producer: Ann Hui, Roger Lee, Raymond Chow
production: Class, Golden Harvest Company, Harvest Crown
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Berlinale IFF 1995 - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Silver Berlin Bear fo Best Actress; Golden Horse FF 1995 - Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Feature Film; Hong Kong Film Awards 1996 - Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Supporting Actor; Best Screenplay

Film description

A light, humorous portrayal of everyday struggles of the 40-year old May Sun (Josephine Siao), who tries to reconcile her professional duties and family obligations. The troubles at home revolve around the health of her father-in-law, suffering from Alzheimer's disease. After a premature death of his wife, the tradition requires Mary to take over the role of the caretaker. Overwhelmed by new responsibilities, the woman faces a difficult choice of putting the father-in-law in a home and going against the traditional values.

The year it was made, "Summer Snow" was a brave, pioneering example of a Hong Kong film taking up the subject of old age and its accompanying ailments in a serious, dignified manner. The same theme will resonate as powerfully two decades later in "A Simple Life."

"Summer Snow," praised both by the critics and the audience, is the director's most award-winning film to date. It won Best Picture at the prestigious Golden Horse Awards, and Hong Kong Film Awards. Outside of Asia, it was also presented at the 45th Berlinale, where Josephine Siao won the Silver Bear, and the film received the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.

Emilia Skiba

Ann Hui

Born in 1947 in Manchuria. Graduate of the University of Hong Kong and London Film School. Director, screenwriter, producer, actress. One of the leading filmmakers of the Hong Kong new wave. Praised for works taking up controversial social issues, especially her Vietnam Trilogy.


1979 Tajemnica / Fung gip / The Secret

1982 Boat People. Uchodźcy z Wietnamu / Tau ban no hoi / Boat People

1990 Ke tu qui hen / Song of the Exile

1995 Letni śnieg / Nu ren si shi / Summer Show

1999 Qian yan wan yu / Ordinary Heroes

2008 Tacy jesteśmy / Tin Shui Wai dik yat yu ye / The Way We Are 

2009 Noc i mgła / Tin Shui Wai dik ye yu mo / Night and Fog 

2011 Proste życie / Tao jie / A Simple Life

2014 Złoty wiek / Huang jin shi dai / The Golden Era

2017 Nadejdzie nasz czas / Ming yue ju shi you / Our Time Will Come

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