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Shanghai Blues

Shanghai Blues

Shanghai Blues

1984 / 103min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: TSUI HARK

CAST: SYLVIA CHANG, SALLY YEH, LOLETTA LEE

Beginning against the backdrop of the Second Sino-Japanese War, the inimitable Tsui Hark’s kinetic, ultra-stylish slapstick comedy/historical romance/ backstage musical is one of the most important works of Hong Kong cinema from the 1980s. It revolves around the star-crossed affair between Kenny Bee’s nightclub clown and young damsel Chang, who meet-cute in a 1937 bombing and plan to find each other ten years later, only to have their reunion in devastated postwar Shanghai elaborately and often hilariously complicated by intervening fate.

Shanghai Blues is screening as part of the Sylvia Chang series.