Starring: Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung, Danny Chang Bak-Keung
Director: Mabel Cheung
Studio: Spectrum (Korea)
About This DVD
Simply put, this could be one of the finest 'small' films ever made. As warm and soft as a homemade quilt on a cold evening, this is a film which entices you into a state of quiet delight and never lets go, even after the final credits have long since scrolled away.
Shot in New York on a shoestring budget, An Autumn's Tale relies on the sheer brilliance of cast, director, musical score and cinematography to tell a simple story about life and love.
Jennifer is a shy, naive Hong Kong girl who saves her money for two years in order to fly to the United States to study acting with her boyfriend Vincent. Upon her arrival she is met at the airport by her cousin Figurehead, or "Figgy" as he is called, who has grudgingly accepted the task of taking Jenny under his wing during her first days in New York. Jenny has been led by her family to believe that her cousin is a community leader in New York's Chinatown, but nothing could be further from the truth. Simple, unassuming, loud, uncouth and uneducated, Figgy is a former sailor who makes a living waiting tables and gambling; he lives in squalor in a Chinatown slum, content with his lot in life. While his motto is "who cares as long as I am happy?" his happiness seems to hinge on being unselfish and kind to his friends and his newly arrived "Sis 13", as he abbreviates his kinship with his 4th aunt's 13th cousin.
Facing culture shock, poverty, squalid conditions in her new apartment upstairs from Figgy and discovering the faithlessness of her boyfriend Vincent, Jenny slides into depression and despair. Only through the intervention of the eternally optimistic Figgy does she manage to overcome her broken heart and fears, and gradually learns to become an independent woman. As she learns more of the world outside her previous sheltered existence in Hong Kong, she comes to appreciate the unwavering devotion of her cousin Figgy, but seems torn as to whether she can ever truly love a man who comes from such a different world than she. "There is a type of man who is fun to be with," she writes to her friend Fatty back in Hong Kong, "but marriage is a different thing."
Beautiful shots of New York, sparkling like Oz above the trashy streets and honking car horns, is a wonderful backdrop to the story of characters rising above their own faults and fears. Simple piano music add a wistful atmosphere - very reminiscent of Vince Guaraldi.
|DD 5.1 Surround, DTS
|Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)
|Cantonese, Mandarin, Cantonese (Original)
|- Original Trailer
- Movie Stills Photo Album
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