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Nu ren si shi (Summer Snow) (1995)

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In this Hong Kong comedy drama a father's illness brings him closer to his daughter-in-law. May is married with a teenage son. She works as an executive in a trading company. After her mother-in-law drops dead from a stroke, she and her husband, Sun Bing, reluctantly take in Old Sun, a former air force lieutenant (none of his other children will take him). The family is immediately thrown into turmoil as they try to deal with Sun's strange behavior. He frequently wanders away, acts strangely, and suffers from rapid personality changes alternating between a child-like and extremely irritable state. They finally get medical help after they catch him eating a soap sandwich. The old man is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. May must now balance her career, her family and Sun's needs. She tries hard, but eventually the strain is too much for her. They must place Old Sun in a nursing home. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast

Roy Chiao
as Sun Lin
Ann Hui
as Neighbour
Law Kar-Ying
as Sun Bing
Lo Koon-Lan
as Sun Lan
Ping Ha
as Mrs.Han
Allen Ting
as Allen Sun
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½

The characters feel very real and relatable. The story does a good job of combining comedy with genuine emotion. This film makes me want to see more Ann Hui films.

Taylor Brusky
Taylor Brusky

A human drama by Ann Hui, well-known as one of the most successful films both critically and financially. Surely it can be said as a milestone of modern HK cinema, since it is a rare serious human drama which sets a woman as the center character and describes some common issues to people like aging and social status of female which have not been focused much in HK films of the past. Although it is an innovative film, the characters seems to be over-simplified, and it was hard for me to get really involved to the story. Performances of the actors are all monotonous, especially Josephine Siao (Although I like her very much as an actress). Roy Chiao, who's in a lot of classic wuxia films, gives a fresh performance in the difficult role, but again, how the film describes his dementia is too fictionalized, I think. It tries to describe the process in which an old guy who gets dementia gets avoided by his sons and daughters at first but finally unites his family, but it's not focused. Although it is meaningful film historically in HK film business, there's no new things technically in it - it's just a normal work.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

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