FEFF 22 starts revealing what it's got up its sleeve with the European preview of My Prince Edward, the debut film of young Hong Kong director Norris Wong (she will be guest of the Festival)!
Among the thousand shops of the Golden Plaza, the huge shopping centre that dominates Hong Kong's Prince Edward district, is the bridal shop where Fong works. But a black cloud is gathering over Fong's upcoming marriage to wedding photographer Edward: it turns out that the "wedding of convenience" Fong entered into with a Chinese citizen ten years earlier was never actually annulled...
Thus begins My Prince Edward, a powerful first film by young director Norris Wong (she will be guest of the Festival) which examines the consequences of this profound emotional, social and cultural short circuit. Launched internationally by the Golden Scene company of Hong Kong, the film will have its European preview at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, which this year celebrates its twenty-second edition (24 April/2 May).
Already known to FEFF audiences as a member of the Fresh Wave collective (the youth project of His Majesty Johnnie To), Norris Wong demonstrates surprising maturity both behind the camera and in her script, creating a sentimental drama that tackles contemporary issues (like, just what are the relations between the former British colony and mother China?) and coaxing memorable performances from Chu Pak-hong (Edward) and star Stephy Tang (Fong).
Just like the wonderful Still Human starring Anthony Wong (undisputed winner of the last Far East Film Festival), My Prince Edward is supported by the Hong Kong Film Development Council & Create Hong Kong and is directed by a woman, proving that Hong Kong cinema resists, looks to the future, and never dies!