CENTERPIECE PRESENTATION – A TALE OF THREE CITIES
Directed by Mabel Cheung
Based on the incredible true story of Jackie Chan’s parents, A Tale of Three Cities is an epic yet intimate account of love at a time of epochal upheaval. The new film from Hong Kong cinema’s golden couple, Mabel Cheung and Alex Law, spans decades — from the Second Sino-Japanese War in the 1930s to the beginning of Mao’s era in the early 1950s — as it follows one couple who defied all odds and kept their passion alive.
Yuerong (Tang Wei) is a young widow who is forced to peddle opium in order to support her two little daughters. Daolong (Sean Lau) is a handsome officer at a river checkpoint. New to her smuggling job, Yuerong is easily spotted by Daolong’s vigilant eyes — but he lets her go, and it’s the beginning of an amazing love story. When Daolong — who is actually a former spy — becomes the target of both the Nationalists and the Communists, the couple is forced to escape across a country devastated by famine and war. They will face tremendous dangers; they are even separated for years at a time, but nothing will diminish their courage and determination to end up together.
Post Screening Panelists:
Mabel Cheung, Director, A Tale Of Three Cities
Alex Law, Screenwriter, A Tale Of Three Cities
S. Casper Wong