| Cherry Blossoms (1988)
Director: Fong Ling Ching
Starring: Chow Yun
Fat, Fok Tak Wah, Wong Kwok Ling
In the last moments of his life,
China's famed poet, Dafu (Chow Yun Fat) remembers his youth as a student
in Japan. The most important people in his life were his best friend
Lkada, and Lung-Erin, the girl they became rivals over. Finally, Dafu is
forced to sacrifice his own happiness for Lung-Erin's safety.
Chow Yun Fat has a small role in the
beginning and ending of this film, which moves very slowly and
ponderously, carefully examining Ya Dafu's days living as a Chinese man
in Japan and the contrast between his personality and that, as perceived
by writer and director Eddie Fong, of Ya Dafu's Japanese contemporaries.
Cherry Blossoms received a very
positive review in Stephen Teo's book: Hong Kong Cinema: The Extra
Dimensions. Teo writes: "a lustrous evocation of Japan in the period
1910-20. ... seethes with an atmosphere of repressed desire .... The
clash of national identity and individual feelings infuses the film with
a mesmerizing quality while enriching it with political themes"
List Price: US $22.95
Cantonese / Mandarin
English / Traditional Chinese
/ Simplified Chinese
(Can be played on any DVD player in the
"May be Inappropriate For Children" (Broad
rating may be roughly equal to an MPPA rating of
"PG-13" to "R". In the late 1980s
this rating splintered in two ratings: IIA and IIB) Films
rated Category II may contain mild to strong violence,
nudity that is usually not sexually oriented, explicit
language and adult situations.