Best Feature Film, Best Leading Actress (Maggie Cheung), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Makeup and Costume Design, Best Original Film Score and Best Sound Effects, Golden Horse Awards 1989. Sylvia Chang was nominated for Best Leading Actress at the same edition
In this drama, three Chinese women with vastly different backgrounds get acquainted and become friends amid the social desolation of New York. Chao Hong (Siqin Gaowa) is from mainland China, and has co... read more me to marry a Chinese man with American citizenship. Aside from the difficulties of being newly married to a virtual stranger, she suffers from separation from her family and her homeland. Wang Hsiung Ping (Sylvia Chang) was an actress in Taiwan, and has come to New York to be with her American boyfriend. Now she has broken up with him, and is not at all certain what she wants to do. Li Feng-Jiao (Maggie Cheung) is financially secure, as she owns a restaurant in the U.S. and has property in the U.S. and in Hong Kong - but she is too busy to have a romantic life.
Women gives an account of Bo-yi's (Cora Miao) unfulfilling marriage with her husband (Chow Yun Fat), aptly capturing a woman's inner struggle when facing divorce. Bo-yi's husband has an affair with a beautiful woman (Cherie Chung), and Bo-yi thus divorces him. She joins the "Happy Spinsters Club", but soon finds out that she doesn't really enjoy single life. While Bo-yi feels confused about what she really wants in her life, her ex-husband asks for a reunion... With its captivating narrative and nuanced depiction of woman's psyche, the film received nine nominations at the 5th Hong Kong Film Awards.
Billie Yuen (Irene Wan) and her two friends Jade Screen Lau(Elaine Jin) and Jane Chiu(Tsai Chin) who came from Taiwan, share the same ideal to become famous. The three women met Tony Cheung (Tony Leung) who is the son of a rice wholesaler at a bar. Tony was madly clung to the indifferent dressing Billie and then they cohabit. The four friends spent a good night at Jade's home, celebrating her birthday. One night, when Jade came home late, Jane was found being murdered. Jade was filled with great sorrow. The three friends received Sergeant Lan's (Chow Yun Fat) inquiry individually. Jade felt depressed since her best friend conceals everything. Tony accompanied Jade back home, the sight stroke a chord in her heart and Tony tried hard to comfort her, then they had sex. Jade was pregnant, it shocked Billie, whereas Tony felt difficult to choose. Finally both Jade and Billie left Tony and the three noticed the one they love the most is-themselves.
Fleur’s pining spirit returns to the thriving Hong Kong 50 years later and finds Chen a withered has-been old-timer, suffering the humiliation of a parasitic and destitute existence. With time running out, Fleur faces her last chance to test Chen’s devotion.
Internationally-renowned director Stanley Kwan directs Red Rose White Rose, an acclaimed drama set in 1920s China. Zhen Bao (Winston Chao) is a well-to-do playboy whose relationships with two different women are explored in a fascinating, compelling manner. Mrs. Wang (Joan Chen) is the "Red Rose", an extroverted housewife neglected by her husband. Her affair with Zhen Bao is stormy and passionate, and ultimately all-too-brief. Men Yan Li (Veronica Yip) is the "White Rose", an introverted, seemingly-slow woman whom Zhen Bao marries, then comes to slowly disregard. Told in a romantic, boldly opaque narrative style, Red Rose White Rose presents the passions and personal voices of each character in different, sometimes conflicting ways. The result is a compelling, beautifully-mounted drama that ranks as one of Stanley Kwan's most assured works. Joan Chen's sublime performance in Red Rose White Rose earned her a Best Actress Award at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards.
Center Stage (Director’s cut)
“Center Stage” is set during China’s silent movie era and revolves around the life of the legendary life of a gifted actress, Ruan Ling-yu. With her sensitive portrayal, Maggie Cheung Man-yuk took her story abroad and won the best actress award at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.
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