Eighteen Springs (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB

Original title:  Ban sheng yuan

Hong Kong/China1997.  China Film Co-Production Corporation, Mandarin Films Distribution, Tianshan Film Studio.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Sumptuous Chinese epic about two sisters in 1930s Shanghai who live with the greatest of hope but must eventually succumb to tragedy. The one, a clerk working a regular business job, has fallen mutually in love with a co-worker and plans on marrying him. The other sister is a ballroom hostess (aka Fallen Woman) whose career casts a shadow on her sister’s chances for a successful marriage. Photographed by Ping Bin Lee, who would later shoot Wong Kar-wai’s beautiful In The Mood For Love, this film is a bit long in places but perfectly acted and directed with deft sensitivity by Ann Hui.

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