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An Autumn's Tale

Chau tin dik tung wa
dir. Mabel Cheung
Hong Kong 1987, 99’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
We 15 Nov, 20:30
Opening Gala
Opening Gala
St 18 Nov, 18:45
Online Availability
15 Nov, 10:00 – 3 Dec
Awards and festivals
Golden Horse Film Festival 1987 - Best Leading Actor Hong Kong Film Awards 1988 - Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography
Hong Kong 1987
Duration: 99’
director: Mabel Cheung
screenplay: Alex Law
cinematography: David Chung, James Hayman
editing: Lee Yim-hoi, Cheung Kwok-kuen, Chu San-kit, Chan Kei-hop, Kwong Chi-leung
music: Lowell Lo
cast: Cherie Chung, Chow Yun-fat, Danny Chan
producer: Dickson Poon, John Shum
production: D & B Films Co. Ltd.
language: Cantonese, English, Japanese
colouration: colour

Film description

Jenny comes to New York at a cost of great sacrifice, but with a clear plan – she wants to join her boyfriend, get into acting school, an enjoy the energy of the new city. A distant cousin picks her up from the airport in his wreck of a car and offers her a room in a picturesque hovel in the middle of an immigrant quarter. Sampan, as his buddies call him, is a slacker and a good-for-nothing with a heart of gold. When not everything goes according to Jenny's plan, he becomes her guide through the labyrinth of an unknown city.

The second part of Mabel Cheung's migration trilogy is a bitter-sweet portrait of two different personalities that are slowly attuning to each other. It is also a postcard from the colorful, pre-gentrification New York of the 1980s, and its smoky alleys filled with the dreams of people who came there from all over the world.

The quality of this melancholic romantic comedy lies in the brilliant script, the steady hand of the director, and the fabulous acting duo. The roles Chow Yun-fat and Cherie Cheung created in the film went down in cinema history.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Mabel Cheung

One of the most important Hong Kong directors, rooted in the New Wave. Before making her first film, she already gained experience working for television. Her Shaw Brothers Studio debut, "The Illegal Immigrant," became the first part of the migrant trilogy that brought Cheung wide recognition.

Over the span of her career, she worked with the biggest Hong Kong stars, including Maggie Cheung, Sammo Hung, and Shu Qi. In 2013, she made "Traces of a Dragon," a documentary film about Jackie Chan.

Her last film to date, the 2022 documentary "To My Nineteen-Year-Old Self," enjoyed a warm reception, but was also a subject of controversy. The director used some of the interviews without the consent of the interlocutors.

Selected filmography:

1985 Fei fat yi man / The Illegal Immigrant
1987 Jesienna sonata / Chau tin dik tung wa / An Autumn's Tale
1989 Bat leung gam / Eight Taels of Gold
1997 Siostry Soong / Song jia huang chao / The Soong Sisters
1998 Bo li zhi cheng / City of Glass
2001 Kontestatorzy / Bak Ging lok yue liu / Beijing Rocks
2022 Kap sap gau seui dik ngo / To My Nineteen-Year-Old Self (film dokumentalny)

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