BUSAN, South Korea – A special program focused on Yonfan, the living legend of Hong Kong independent cinema, will take place during the 16th Busan International Film Festival. Yonfan illustrated life and love with feminine sensibility and romantic speech when Hong Kong noir films were all the fashion in the 1980s. Yonfanpresented the inner side of characters living in the social margins in their own senses instead of giving into the skeptical view of the mainstream film industry.
A Certain Romance marks the directional debut of Yonfan. It presents a story of two leading actresses growing into women who develop diverse relationships outside the school. Maggie and Lily are best friends. Maggie encounters a young man on the beach and feels love, while Lily worries as his single father becomes disenchanted with a woman. A Certain Romance illustrates the very first adventurous step of two girls entering the adult world and breaking away from school.
Double Fixation (1987)
Double Fixation is Yonfan’s dedication to Alfred Hitchcock. Loosely based on Vertigo, Double Fixation takes elements from Hitchcock’s 50’s works that include To Catch a Thief and Rear Window to merge them into Yonfan’s own melodrama. This film is a story about a mysterious marble, love and adventure of the unidentifiable, yet deadly beautiful femme fatal and the photographer who has a picture of the very marble.
Promising Miss Bowie (1990)
Promising Miss Bowie is a happy adventure where Miss Bowie searches for her long lost love and family. For newly-orphaned niece intrudes into her life while Miss Bowie doggedly earns big money and lives a satisfactory life. To make things worse, her first love suddenly reappears after 20 years. Will all these sudden changes lead to a happy ending? Promising Miss Bowie is a quaint melodrama that reminds of the meaning of family and faith.
In Between (1994)
Three directors deliver three stories about the love of in the modern world. Three love stories are presented: A man who cannot give up his freedom despite the fact that he loves his girlfriend, a naïve man who learns love and loss in a adulterous relationship with the wife of his boss, and a man who develops a friendship with his girlfriend who gets pregnant after a night of passion with him. The irony of the modern society’s relationships living in the same place does not mean living together works out tastefully.
Bishonen is a beautiful love letter dedicated to a tragic love where accidental encounters and fateful farewells all entangle. Jet prostitutes himself to strangers, longing for a true love. He runs into a cop, Sam, and the two soon become friends. Destiny, however, does not allow or approve their love. While Brigitte Lin’s calm and beautiful voice narrates the film like music, the screen is sorrowfully embroidered with the picturesque images of the actors.
Peony Pavilion (2001)
Peony Pavilion is an opera drama where Yonfan’s esthetic sense of video art reaches its pinnacle. Lan falls in love with Cui-Hua (a Kunqu opera actress) after watching her performance. Becoming an actress herself, Lan and Cui-Ha become intimate as they play lovers. The rueful yet beautiful atmosphere of the film suits the opera they play, ‘walking through the paradise yet awakened by surprise.’ Again, the graceful narration was recorded by Brigitte Lin.
Colour Blossoms (2004)
Colour Blossons is a dedication to erotic lust. Meili is a real estate agent and visits a mansion and is required to sell it. There she meets Madam Umeki and finds herself in an irresistible fleshly lust beyond time and space. Keiko Matsuzaka (Japan), Teresa Cheung (Hong Kong) and Harisu (Korea) play the lead, exploring a dreamlike sexual world.
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