No.7 Cherry Lane (2019)

Movie


No.7 Cherry Lane (2019)
Jìyuántái qihào (original title)

During the rise of the materialistic comfort of life in the 1960s, there emerges an undercurrent of danger in Hong Kong. No.7 Cherry Lane tells the tale of Ziming, a Hong Kong University undergraduate, entangled between his amorous feelings for a self-exiled mother Mrs Yu from Taiwan in the White Terror period, and her beautiful daughter Meiling. He takes them to different movies and through a series of magical moments on the big screen, forbidden passions are revealed. And the era coincides with Hong Kong's turbulent times of 1967.
Hong Kong
China
IMDb  5.6 /10
Metacritic   71%
Creators
Director Yonfan
Writer Yonfan
Information
Release Date2021-01-21
Runtime2h 5mins
GenreAnimation
Content Rating
Awards1 win & 7 nominations.
CompanyFar Sun Film Co Ltd.
CountryHong Kong, China
LanguageMandarin, Cantonese, French, Shanghainese
Mrs Yu (voice)
Meiling (voice)
Wei Yao
Wei Yao
Mrs May (voice)
Craven A (voice)
The Bandit (voice)
Teresa Cheung
Teresa Cheung
Miaoyu the Nun & the Cat of Mrs May (voice)
The Fashion Girl (voice)
Natalia Duplessis
Natalia Duplessis
Madame Simone (voice)
Steven (voice)
Carrie Ho
Carrie Ho
Little boy & Fat Boy (voice)
The Pickpocket (voice)
The Girl in Yellow (voice)
Little boy & the Revolutionary (voice)
Mrs Lin (voice)

No.7 Cherry Lane

No.7 Cherry Lane (Chinese: 繼園臺七號; pinyin: jìyuántái qīhào) is a 2019 Hong Kong-Chinese adult animated film directed by Yonfan, with animation by Zhang Gang. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. It was also selected for the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation. At the Venice Film Festival, the film won the Best Screenplay Award.


Plot

During the rise of the materialistic comfort of life in the 1960s, there emerges an undercurrent of danger in Hong Kong.

No.7 Cherry Lane tells the tale of Ziming, a Hong Kong University undergraduate, entangled between his amorous feelings for a self-exiled mother Mrs Yu from Taiwan in the White Terror period, and her beautiful daughter Meiling. He takes them to different movies and through a series of magical moments on the big screen, forbidden passions are revealed. And the era coincides with Hong Kong's turbulent times of 1967.


Voice cast

  • Sylvia Chang as Mrs Yu: Once an idealistic revolutionary student during the Sino-Japanese War and now a luxury goods merchandiser she struggles between spiritualism and materialism. In her early 40s, Mrs Yu retains her old-world charm. She is divorced and has an 18-year-old daughter.
  • Zhao Wei as Meiling: Daughter of Mrs Yu. The world seems to revolve around this sweet and tender 18-year-old girl. She is beautiful, wilful and invincible. She knows everything she’s entitled to and takes no less. She also knows tomorrow belongs to her.
  • Alex Lam as Ziming: A top English literature student at Hong Kong University. He plays tennis, loves movies, goes to parties and makes extra money by giving English tuition. He has a certain magical charm for women, men and animals. And he is comfortable with all of them.
  • Kelly Yao as Mrs May: A retired opera diva who lives a floor above Mrs Yu. She devotes herself to religion and loves cats and good-looking men.
  • Natalia Duplessis as Madame Simone: A big French movie star who liberates Mrs Yu through her three vintage films.
  • Teresa Cheung as Miaoyu the Nun: A Taoist nun from the book Dream of the Red Chamber who liberates Mrs Yu in her dream.
  • Jiang Wenli as The Woman in Yellow
  • Daniel Wu as Baron Louis
  • Stephen Fung as Steven
  • Tian Zhuangzhuang as Ah Kwok
  • Ann Hui as The Pickpocket
  • Fruit Chan as The Craven Cat
  • Rebecca Pan as Mrs Lin