Hong Kong’s sensual backstreets and the irresistible charm of the 1960’s
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Live in the festival studio
Yonfan ("No. 7 Cherry Street")
About the event
On the opening day of the 15th Five Flavours Asian Film Festival, we talk about this year's Wong Kar Wai retrospective and the extraordinary portrait of Hong Kong that he has shown in his films over the years. We will focus on the official opening film of the festival, “In the Mood for Love”, set in this metropolis in the 1960s.
Also set in the same place and time is the extraordinary animation "No. 7 Cherry Street '' by Yonfan: a melodrama full of stunning details and emotional tension. Our guest is Yonfan, one of the most interesting creators and auteurists of Hong Kong cinema!
Director, photographer and writer. He was born in 1947 in Wuhan, but spent most of his life in Hong Kong. His second film "Lost Romance" with Maggie Cheung (in her first romantic role!) and Chow Yun-Fat became a smashing hit, but in the subsequent decade the director backed away from the mainstream market. The breakthrough came with "Bishonen," a rare example of a Hong Kong film about the homosexual community. In 2019, after 10 years of silence, he came to the festival in Venice with "No. 7 Cherry Lane" – his first animation in which he developed his unique visual style even further.