In 1960s Hong Kong, 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.