The future of Hong Kong cinema relies on the independent filmmakers—one of them is the up-and-coming Tsang Tsui-shan, the director of »Big Blue Lake«. »Big Blue Lake« tells the story of the actress Lai Yee who returns to her childhood home in the small village of Ho Chung after ten years in England. During her absence the village has changed and the rice fields are now located next to the highway. Lai also returns unaware of the fact that her mother is suffering from Alzhemiers. As her mother's memory is fading, Lai tries to fight off her own childhood memories, but scenes of her forgotten youth flash before her eyes. »Big Blue Lake« playfully reminds us of how easily you can manipulate your own memories. Back in Ho Chung, Lai meets her old classmate Lum Chun. Together they visit their former school, reminiscing about their childhood. Tsui-shan works with intimidating close-ups of the characters and quiet scenes, with suppressed musical score and fastidious dialogue, telling a story of losing touch with the ones we love and the oblivion of the passage of time.

The Big Blue Lake poster
Title
The Big Blue Lake
Director
Jessey Tsang
Country
Hong Kong
Length
90 min
Festival
2011
Section
Asian Images
Language
Cantonese
Premiere status
European Premiere
Production year
2011
Cast
Leila Tong, Lawrence Chou, Amy Chum
Producer
Teresa Kwong
Script
Luk Bo Bo, Jessey Tsang
Music
Masamichi Shigeno

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