Love in a Fallen City 傾城之戀 (1984) – Hong Kong

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Love in a Fallen City is a 1984 film based on the popular Eileen Chang’s novel of the same name. Ann Hui fresh from her Boat People’s award winning fame directed the classic love story with the backing from Shaw Brothers. Filmed at the iconic Repulse Bay hotel, in most of the Hong Kong scenes, we are able to witness a glamorous era just before the war. What we get is a slow burn of a film that allows both actors Chow Yun Fat and Cora Miao to communicate effectively. The themes of Chinese family, divorce, traditions and commitment are laid bare for all to think and see. Hui has always enjoyed the human elements and situations of her stories and this film is of no exception. It is probably ironic to label that their love most likely worked due to the tragic invasion of Japan. It is the subtlety that ends up winning most of the points in this realistic romance drama.
I rated it 4/5

Reviewed by Andrew Chan

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