Skip to main content

PERFECT LIFE

Hong Kong, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Neighbourhood Watch)

Director: Emily Tang

PERFECT LIFE

Two women's experiences of China's shifting economic forces are explored in this unconventional blend of documentary and fiction.

Quietly masterful, Emily Tang's Perfect Life discards traditional storytelling conventions to detail the contrasted experiences of two Chinese women in a country changing rapidly in the face of industrialisation and capitalism.

The fictional tale of Li Yueying - young, and struggling to fulfil her dreams in the remote north-east of China - is counterpointed with the real-life story of Jenny, a seemingly happily married woman in Hong Kong who finds her reality shaken to the core.

Jia Zhang-ke (director of Still Life, MIFF 07, and 24 City, MIFF 08) was one of the producers on Perfect Life, and the film echoes his work in its haunting imagery and blending of fact and fiction.

Director Emily Tang is a guest of the Festival.

D/S Emily Tang P Chow Keung S Emily Tang WS Celluloid Dreams L Cantonese, Mandarin w/English subtitles TD digibeta/2008

See also...

SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY

Purportedly based on the courtship of the filmmaker's parents, this film experiments with narrative to tell a story twice - in radically different settings. Purportedly based on the courtship of the ... More »

ASHES OF TIME REDUX

"The film is Mr Wong's most abstract endeavor, a bold excursion into the realm of pure cinema." - New York Times ... In ancient China, a vagabond swordsman earns his living by hiring others as ... More »

LOVE IN A PUFF

“A eulogy to lung pollution, Love in a Puff makes sharing a pack of cigarettes look sexier than sharing a bed.” - Hollywood Reporter ... In post-cigarette ban Hong Kong, smokers gather around ... More »

MOSS, THE

“This is a place of sin, prostitution, drug trafficking - you name it.” ... Gritty and blackly comic, The Moss is the second feature from director Derek Kwok, whose award-winning debut The ... More »

24 CITY

"Mr. Jia is working at the border where fiction and nonfiction meet, which is where this fantastically surreal country itself seems to exist." - New York Times ... For six decades Factory 420 in ... More »

UNITED RED ARMY

“From breathless history lesson to grueling chamber piece to tense action thriller.” - New York Times ... One of Japan's most controversial filmmakers, Koji Wakamatsu (Ecstasy of the Angels and ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director