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- Movie: Breeze of July
- Chinese: 七月好风 (Chut yuet ho fung)
- Director: Stanley Tam
- Writer: Wai Chan, Stanley Tam
- Producer: Yan Yan Mak, Stanley Tam, Wendy Chan
- Cinematographer: Jason Kwan
- World Premiere: September 23, 2007 (Hong Kong Asian Film Festival)
- Theatrical Release: May 16, 2008 (Hong Kong)
- Runtime: 95 min
- Language: Cantonese
- Country: Hong Kong
A credit notice from a debt collector seems to Lan-xian like the final straw in a dead-end life. Fleeing to Shanghai, the place where her mother grew up, she meets her childhood best friend Da-tou. Learning from the story of her mother’s past and recollections of childhood memories, Lan-xian finally grows up and gains the courage not to run away in the face of obstacles
From beginning to end, this film accompanied me for three years and eight months of my life. I'm not from Shanghai, nor do I speak the dialect. For more than 10 years, I've been to many parts in China; from advanced cities like Beijing to backward mountain regions, but I've never been to Shanghai. I felt nervous when people asked me why I wanted to make a film about Shanghai and Hong Kong. Falling for a story is like falling for a person you may not be able to explain exactly what you like about them. Slowly, though, you will begin to appreciate their virtue.
Some time before shooting commenced, as I revised the script, I tried to visualize the images. Then we had a hellish shooting schedule of five days in Shanghai followed by five days in Hong Kong. When the story was transformed from words to sound and images, I was able to explain more clearly about why I liked Breeze of July. It depicts the freedom of youth, relationship with one' parents, feelings for a home, and of course, the dilemma of love. Watching the images on the computer screen, I realized at that moment that Breeze of July is very much about me.
As my hairline receded, my first feature film was born. I sincerely thank all my friends who have contributed to and care about this film and me. -- Stanley Tam
- Adapted from the short story of same name by Hong Kong novelist Chan Wai.
- Film explores themes of identity and family roots.
- Film was shot for 5 days in Shanghai and 5 days in Hong Kong.
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