When Leslie met Anita: The Films of Two Hong Kong Icons

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This retrospective will screen 37 films starring two of Hong Kong’s all-time biggest stars, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of their passing.


Back in the 80s and 90s, Leslie Cheung (1956 – 2003) and Anita Mui (1963 – 2003) ruled Hong Kong’s music, cinema and television scene. To mark the 15th anniversary of their passing, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) will screen 37 of their best films, four out of which they co-starred.

The diverse program includes a screening of Behind the Yellow Line (1984), a romantic comedy on love at first sight at the MTR station, and short film Ashes to Ashes (2000) which features Cheung and Mui’s in their first and last on-screen pairing; The tragic love story Rouge (1988), which is regarded as the duo’s best film together; The Greatest Lover (1988), a gender-reversed take on My Fair Lady starring Mui; Days of Being Wild (1990) and Happy Together (1997), director Wong Kar-wai’s widely acclaimed masterworks starring Cheung.

In addition to the screenings, the HKFA will organise a free exhibition, entitled Their Glory Days, on their life and career at the Film Archive’s Exhibition Hall from March 30 to July 15.

Please note that the films Viva Erotica, Happy Together, Eighteen Springs and 100 Ways to Murder Your Wife will be screened without subtitles. All other films will be screened with both Chinese and English subtitles.

(Image credit: Rouge (1988). © 2010 Fortune Star Media Limited All Rights Reserved)


When: 27 Mar 2018 - 10 Jun 2018 Where: Hong Kong Film Archive – 50 Lei King Road, Aldrich bay – Eastern District