[Screening+Exhibition] Rouge + Leslie Cheung—Hong Kong Icon

Screening of Rouge (4K Restoration) +
Exhibition of Leslie Cheung—Hong Kong Icon

Saturday, 25 March 2023, 15:00-17:00 PDT
C300 Theatre and Foyer, UBC Robson Square,
800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6Z 3B7
Map and Directions: robsonsquare.ubc.ca/contact-directions/

This event is free-of-charge and is open to all. Limited seats available.
Registration required.

The UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative, with the support of UBC Robson Square Connects, is proud to present the screening of the 4K digital restoration of Rouge 胭脂扣, a masterpiece by Hong Kong film auteur Stanley Kwan starring Cantopop megastars Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing and Anita Mui Yim-fong.

The screening will be accompanied by a special exhibition “Leslie Cheung—Hong Kong Icon” at the foyer outside of the theatre, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Hong Kong actor, singer, and performer, Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing 張國榮, who resided in Vancouver from 1990 to 1992.

A City Rebegins Event.

About the film:

Hong Kong | Directed by Stanley Kwan | 1987 | 2022 (4K Digital Restoration) | 96 minutes | Cantonese with English subtitles

Cantopop superstars Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing and Anita Mui Yim-fong display their iconic androgynous magnetism as doomed lovers in this emblematic film of Hong Kong’s Second New Wave, directed by pioneering queer melodrama master Stanley Kwan.

Rouge bridges past and present in its tragic romance between a humble courtesan (Anita Mui) and the wayward scion (Leslie Cheung) of a wealthy family, who embrace death by suicide pact amid the opulent teahouses of 1930s Hong Kong. Fifty years later, she returns to the city-state to find him, drawing a young contemporary couple (Alex Man Chi-leung and Emily Chu Bo-yee) into her quest to rekindle a passion that may be as illusory as time itself. With its lush mise-en-scène and transcendently melancholy mood, this sensuous ghost story is an exquisite, enduringly resonant elegy for both lost love and vanishing history.

This screening+exhibition is organized by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative in partnership with Ho Tam Press Gallery and SFU Institute For Transpacific Cultural Research, with the support of UBC Robson Square Connects; and is generously co-sponsored by: Department of Asian Studies, Department of History, Centre for Chinese Research, Department of Theatre and Film, Public Humanities Hub, and the School of Social Work.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Su-Anne Yeo (Asian Studies) and Phoebe Chow (Asian Library); co-presented by UBC Asian Library and the Department of Asian Studies; and co-supported by the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative and the Department of Theatre and Film.




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