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First Night Nerves

First Night Nerves


Dates & Tickets

Tue 5 March 21:30 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS

Sat 9 March 15:00 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS

Dutch premiere

Region

Hong Kong
2018

Language

Cantonese
Mandarin

Subtitles

English

Length

100 m.

Genre

Female drama

First Night Nerves

All eyes are on Hong Kong City Hall as the final week of rehearsals begin on Two Sisters, a stage production starring rival actresses Yuan Xiuling (Sammi Cheng, one of Johnnie To’s favourite actresses) and He Yuwen (Gigi Leung, Sylvia Chang’s Tempting Heart). When the two drama queens aren’t feuding about line counts and tabloid gossip, they’re swamped by personal problems.

Stanley Kwan, who gave Hong Kong classics like Rouge and Centre Stage, returns to his hometown after a 19-year hiatus, with a wickedly funny tale of backstage turmoil best explained as Birdman meets Almodóvar. While featuring divas galore in cameos, he examines their inner insecurities in an industry especially unforgiving to women. Kwan also proves why he’s still Hong Kong’s best directors of actresses, bringing out an electrifying performance from Bai Baihe (Monster Hunt) as Yuan’s lesbian confidant. The film has been eagerly embraced by prestigious festivals such as Torino, Busan and Tokyo Filmex.

 

Tue 5 March 21:30 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS

Sat 9 March 15:00 – Kriterion K2 TICKETS

Director

Stanley Kwan - First Night `nerves

Stanley Kwan

Cast

Sammi Cheng, Gigi Leung, Bai Baihe, Angie Chiu


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