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“One of the greatest directors in Hong Kong film history receives the close-up profile she has long deserved with this enthralling documentary. Insightful, deeply personal and even surprisingly funny… a must-see” (Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post). Six-time winner of Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards (the HK Oscar equivalent) and sundry other accolades, the independent-minded, good-humored, and indefatigable Ann Hui proves just as compelling in front of the camera as behind it. Like Agnes Varda, Hui was effectively the sole female voice in a vital “new wave” film scene—collaborators and key Asian cinema peers including Tsui Hark, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Jia Zhangke are all on hand to testify to her impact. But make no mistake, this is not your typical hagiography: a career as long as Hui’s is bound to have its ups and downs, and she is remarkably, gratifyingly candid about her successes and failures in both art and life. Rare is the celebrity profile that captures its subject in such a variety of situations, and as we observe Hui do everything from command a film set and endure a publicity tour to take her aging mom to the doctor, we get the inescapable sense that she is showing us her authentic self. Of course, an artist as honest as Ann Hui wouldn’t do it any other way. (MK)


Presented with support from UW-Madison Center for East Asian Studies.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    111 minutes
  • Language
    Cantonese
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Director
    Man Lim-chung
  • Producer
    Jacqueline Liu, Man Lim Chung
  • Cast
    Ann Hui, Tsui Hark, Hou Hsiao-hsien, and Jia Zhangke