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Summer Snow (1995)

Nu ren si shi (original title)
| Comedy, Drama | 2002 (USA)
The Suns are a typical Hong Kong family: May, forty something, works for a trading company; her husband, Bing, works as a low-grade civil servant, and Allen, their teenage son, is still at ... See full summary »

Director:

Ann Hui

Writer:

Man Keung Chan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josephine Siao ... May Sun
Roy Chiao ... Lin Sun
Kar-Ying Law ... Bing Sun
Allen Ting ... Allen Sun
Koon-Lan Law ... Lan Sun
Ping Ha ... Mrs. Han
Shun Lau ... Mr. Lo
Ching Yee Chong ... Carrie Chin (Daughter-In-Law)
Fai Chow Fai Chow ... Bing's Brother
Sin Hung Tam ... Ying Sun
Gin Tsang Gin Tsang ... Janice
Fong Pau ... Pang
Manfred Wong ... Fish Vendor
Tseng Chang ... Tea House Owner
Stephen Fung ... Cannon
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The Suns are a typical Hong Kong family: May, forty something, works for a trading company; her husband, Bing, works as a low-grade civil servant, and Allen, their teenage son, is still at school. Trouble strikes one day when Bing's mother dies of a stroke, leaving her husband old Mr. Sun. Alzheimer's Disease is diagnosed. From that day on, the family's daily life is thrown into a poignant. Old Mr. Sun develops a tendency to wander off and get lost, he wakes up yelling in the middle of the night plus he is rude and disobliging ... all this, along with May's already full schedule as wife, mother and employee, drives her close to the edge of her endurance. The very last thing they all wanted has to happen: old Mr. Sun has to go into a Nursing Home. But it does not turn out quite like they expected... Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

NuRen si shi See more »

Filming Locations:

Tai Po, Hong Kong, China

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Miramax purchased the U.S. distribution rights to the film, but never release it. According to the Transnational China and the Chinese Diaspora on Global Screens, 1989-1997, "when they did their homework they realized that by spending so much on advertising they will end up in the red. That film will never see the light of day." See more »

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One of the most touching and heartwarming dramas out there!
30 April 2015 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is an excellent drama from director Ann Hui, a touching story about the Sun Family that includes businesswoman May (Josephine Siao), her husband Bing (Kar-Ying Law), and their son Allen (Allen Ting). They have been handed the difficult responsibility of caring for Bing's father Lin (Roy Chiao), who has Alzheimer's, following the death of Lin's wife, Ying (Sin Hung Tam).

From start to finish, this film's ensuing drama is heartfelt as we see the family making sudden life adjustments and sacrifices in order to care for the ailing Lin, who's own personality is difficult to deal with. The poignant moments in the film will resonate with you in how it might feel to lose a loved one or see a loved one struggle with a long-term illness. The story reminded me of the time my family and I went through when my grandfather passed.

While a powerful drama that can be a tearjerker, there are some humor and lighthearted moments where appropriate, and they are a welcome departure to the seriousness of the plot. Writer Man Keung Chan wrote a outstanding story, director Ann Hui directed a solid plot and composer Yoshihide Ôtomo created a music somber that is both sorrowful and hopeful. In addition, hands-down to an excellent cast of characters who each delivered a powerful performance. They all had great chemistry together and connected with the viewers - all making us see what a typical family can be like.

Overall, it's a film that will make you appreciate what you have, including your family, and make you not take anything or anyone in your life for granted. A great movie!

Grade A


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