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
Sammi Cheng, Gigi Leung, Bai Baihe, Angie Chiu