Hong Kong in New York

Hong Kong in New York

3 Episodes

Two island metropolises enter into rich cross-cultural dialogue in these East-meets-West melodramas that double as explorations of diasporic identity. As Hong Kong’s film industry exploded in the 1980s and ’90s, mounting pre-Handover political pressures at home spurred a wave of overseas emigration—often to New York City—and gave rise to a new kind of movie that spoke to the experiences of Hong Kongers abroad. Featuring stars like Maggie Cheung, Chow Yun-fat, and Sylvia Chang, these perceptive and affecting films find such major Hong Kong auteurs as Mabel Cheung (AN AUTUMN’S TALE), Peter Ho-sun Chan (COMRADES: ALMOST A LOVE STORY), and Stanley Kwan (FULL MOON IN NEW YORK) grappling with lives carried far from home.

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Hong Kong in New York
  • Farewell China

    Episode 1

    Directed by Clara Law • 1990 • Hong Kong
    Starring Tony Leung Ka-fai, Maggie Cheung, Hayley Man

    The immigrant dream of starting a new life in America collides with harsh reality in this heartrending, brutally authentic drama. After he loses touch with his wife Li Hung (Maggie Cheung), who had emi...

  • An Autumn’s Tale

    Episode 2

    Directed by Mabel Cheung • 1987 • Hong Kong
    Starring Cherie Chung, Chow Yun-fat, Danny Chan

    A heartfelt tale of love and loneliness unfolds in New York City in this hugely popular romantic drama, the second film in director Mabel Cheung’s Migration Trilogy. Hong Konger Jennifer (Cherie Chung) ar...

  • Full Moon in New York

    Episode 3

    Directed by Stanley Kwan • 1989 • Hong Kong
    Starring Maggie Cheung, Sylvia Chang, Siqin Gaowa

    Hong Kong New Wave auteur Stanley Kwan takes his abiding interest in the experiences, struggles, and inner lives of women to New York City in this rich portrait of female friendship among three immigran...