Four protagonists, two generations and two continents are interwoven in Merry-Go-Round, a grand yet intimate narrative about leaving and returning. It starts in San Francisco, where Eva ... See full summary »
Weedy office worker Cheung is sent to a remote village to secure property rights for his real estate company. Two martial artists run the village's teahouse, which was once the kung-fu ... See full summary »
Clement Sze-Kit Cheng,
Kuan Tai Chen,
Teddy Robin Kwan
Two clowns living in Korea's Chosun Dynasty get arrested for staging a play that satirizes the king. They are dragged to the palace and threatened with execution but are given a chance to save their lives if they can make the king laugh.
In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.
Four protagonists, two generations and two continents are interwoven in Merry-Go-Round, a grand yet intimate narrative about leaving and returning. It starts in San Francisco, where Eva works as a traditional Chinese doctor, and young, roaming Merry hears that she has leukemia. Both return to Hong Kong: Merry looks up Allen, with whom she had previously corresponded, and gets a job in the Tung-Wah guardhouse for coffins run by the grumpy Hill. Eva tries to prevent the same Allen, her cousin, from selling the family business. In the meantime, the older woman thinks back to an affair she had in the 1930s. Written by
International Film Festival Rotterdam
I really enjoyed this film. The pace is a little slow but it's the perfect pace for this film. Nora Miao's outstanding performance is one of the many highlights of the latest work of Yan Yan Mak and Clement Cheng. Actually, strong performances can be found in each member of the entire cast. Notably, Ella Koon gives a fine performance in her first lead role in a feature film and slips in and out of her roles of Merry and Young Eva seemingly effortlessly. These performances, a strong story, a beautiful soundtrack, along with talented directors Yan Yan Mak and Clement Cheng behind the camera make for a very inspiring and touching film.
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