BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
Cinema Extraordinaire
Chinese Odyssey

Chinese Odyssey 2002

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Tian xia wu shuang
Kina / Hongkong / 2002 / 105 min
DIRECTOR:
Jeff Lau

In Ming Dynasty China, two pair of siblings are destined for each other. One pair is high-born: The young Emperor and his sister Wushuang, both confined to the Imperial Palace and very much under the thumb of their mother. The other pair is low-born: The wanderer Li Yilong, known as King Bully for the way he terrorised his hometown Meilong in his youth, and his sister Phoenix, who still runs a restaurant in the same town.

When both the young Epmperor and his sister contrive to leave the Palace and head south, they meet the loves of their lives in Meilong. But Wushuang has disguised herself as a man, and the Emperor is incognito. Numerous confusions, complications and misunderstandings ensue: genders and gender-roles are reversed, class differences prove hard to negotiate and identities and egos block the promptings of desire. An irresistable Chinese comedy!

Jeff Lau

Jeff Lau was born in Hong Kong in 1956. He studied film in England and worked as an actor for several years, starring in films such as DU SHENG (ALL FOR THE WINNER) (1990) and CHINESE ODYSSEY (1994). Lau also works as a producer. His debut as an director was HONG KONG BUTCHER (1985), and since then he has directed several films. His latest are MIU HAAN FOOK WOOD (SECOND TIME AROUND) (2002) and CHINESE ODYSSEY 2002.