Our Time Will Come

明月幾時有 (Ming yue ji shi you)
Hong Kong 2017. Dir: Ann Hui. 130 min. DCP

“Reaffirms Ann Hui’s status as one of China’s cinematic treasures.”

The latest offering from veteran Hong Kong cinéaste Ann Hui applies her refreshingly measured, low-key approach to the under-told tale of resistance fighters in Hong Kong during the Imperial Japanese occupation of the 1940s. Its true story — told with nuanced attention to the minutia of everyday life under enemy rule — concerns the relationship between an elderly mother (Deanie Ip, Venice-crowned star of Hui’s A Simple Life) and her daughter (transfixing Zhou Xun), a principled primary-school teacher who, after aiding in the smuggling out of a leftist writer, joins the resistance. HK superstar Tony Leung (not to be confused with that other Tony Leung, of Wong Kar-Wai fame) cameos as a present-day war veteran whose memories frame the film. Frequent Jia Zhangke collaborator Nelson Lik-Wai Yu elicits poetry from candlelit cinematography; longtime Eric Rohmer editor Mary Stephen cuts moments of abrupt violence into the proceedings to startling effect.



Greg Girard
, whose recent book of photographs, HK:PM, Hong Kong Night Life 1974-1989, includes a preface by Ann Hui, will introduce the screening of Our Time Will Come on Thursday, February 1.

Greg Girard’s photos have been featured in National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The National Post, The Star, and numerous other publications. Several books on Girard’s work have been published, including Magenta’s Phantom Shanghai, now in its third edition and listed as one of the top-ten photography books of all time by The Independent. Girard’s work has been exhibited at the International Centre for Photography (New York), PM Gallery (London, UK), the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa), the Yixian International Photo Festival (China), and numerous other venues. He is represented by Monte Clark Gallery.



"The best Chinese language film of the year."

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