In Hong Kong of the 1960s, student Ziming falls for wealthy Mrs Yu, the mother of the ravishing, 18-year-old Meiling whom he tutors. Yu fled Taiwan in the 1950s escaping the severe suppression of leftist dissidents. While their affair unfolds, Ziming also develops feelings for the daughter. In the meantime, political unrest slowly grips the city.

This nostalgically tinted, intimate and dreamy animation includes a series of playful references to the history of cinema and ironically recalls the prose of Marcel Proust and Jane Austen.

No.7 Cherry Lane is the first film in a decade for Hong Kong photographer and filmmaker Yonfan, as well as his first animation. The images were created using a unique process whereby digital 3D models were made, then converted into hand-drawn, brightly coloured animations. The result is an idiosyncratic amalgamation of old and new, past and present.

Original title
Ji Yuan Tai Qi Hao
Filmmaker
Yonfan
Country
Hong Kong, China
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
125’
Language
Mandarin, Chinese, French
Producer
Monica Chao
Production Company
Far Sun Film Company Limited
Sales
Far Sun Film Company Limited
Writer
Yonfan
Editor
Wang Haixia
Production Design
Yonfan, Zhang Gang, Hsieh Wen-ming
Sound Design
Terry Shek
Music
Yonfan, Yu Yet-yiu, Chapavich Temnitikul, Phasura Chanvititkul
Cast
voices of: Sylvia Chang, Zhao Wei, Alex Lam, Kelly Yao, Teresa Cheung, Stephen Fung, Joseph Chang
Website
https://no7cherrylane.com