The high-profile Hong Kong film The Postmodern Life of My Aunt enjoyed its Beijing premiere on Monday.
Before the ceremony, Hong Kong director Ann Hui and screenwriter Li Qiang met with media accompanied by the film's A-list cast, including major Hong Kong star Chow Yun-fat and veteran Chinese actresses Siqin Gaowa and Vicki Zhao.
Based on a popular novel, the movie shows old-fashioned Ye Rutang, played by Siqin Gaowa, and her struggle to live a dignified life in modern Shanghai with con men lurking around every corner.
When describing her role, Siqin Gaowa said the aunt's journey and struggles were reflections of both the film director and herself.
"This film's director is the best example of the aunt. Her devotion and serious attitude reflect Ye's character as well as her rejection of trivial matters in life. As for me, I sometimes feel out-of-touch and passed by events. I think middle-aged and older people will feel familiar touches when watching this film."
Director Ann Hui stated but at first audience might watch this film as a comedy but that upon stepping back from it, the tragedy of the story would become apparent.
"People often feel at loss to deal with the problems of everyday life. Even I don't want to face up to the bitter reality of life. In truth, real life is close to what is shown in the movie, filled with both laughter and tears."
She also hoped that the film would help enlighten audiences as to the kind of lives lead by urban women at a time when popular values are constantly shifting.
She thanked the film's cast for their utmost professionalism and dedication, setting aside their glamorous images to help the film be as good and as realistic as possible.
Chow Yun-fat pointed out the differences between his usual roles and his part as a swindler in The Postmodern Life of My Aunt as a swindler in the film. In preparing for the role, he invested himself fully in learning Peking opera.
The cast and crew will now promote the film in Shanghai and Shenzhen hoping to attract more attention.
In November last year, the film met with success at the 43rd Taiwan Golden Horse Film Awards , garnering nominations in several major categories such as Best Screenplay Adaptation, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress.
It first met with national praise following its original premiere in Hong Kong and recent preview in Beijing. Yu Dan, a professor at Beijing Normal University, welcomed it as providing a vivid portrayal of the hardships of life and of people's indomitable nature. Ye Rutang's experiences show off the persistence, disappointments and compromises one must undergo to live a normal life. The film is all the more noteworthy for having such an impact on a small budget.
The film is slated for general release on March 6 as it vies to capture the Women's Day box office.
(CRI.cn March 6, 2007)