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- Movie: Green Mansion
- Director: Stanley Kwan
- Writer: Jimmy Ngai
- Producer: Stanley Kwan
- Release Date: 2008/2009
- Language: Cantonese
- Country: Hong Kong
The time is 1955. In an apartment on Conduit Road lives a woman
named Guishan. Every evening as the setting sun dyes the floorboard
golden yellow, it is the time for the arrival of the guests.
The apartment is adorned with mundane luxury and refinement. A few
years ago when Guishan followed Laowu to come to Hong Kong from
Shanghai, she had taken great efforts in packing the valuable
possessions. She told him she would give up everything else but not the
possessions. She regretted instantly afterwards. What had she given
up? Neither of them would have expected that shortly after they arrived
in Hong Kong, Laowu had to give up his life as well.
The Conduit apartment is also a club.
Perhaps it is fate. Fusui Club has gained quite a name these few years
among the exiled Shanghaiese on the island. Frequented mostly by
businessmen and socialites, the club opens every night to almost
packed house. Hung in the middle of the main hall is the banner of
Fusui Club written by famous painter Chang Da-qian whereas the name
Fusui is taken from a line in the Classics Book of Poetry. With business
going well, Guishan hardly has any free time of her own.
Early last year, Guishan thought the owner of the textile factory Boss
Guo was going after her. Instead, he paid off the debts owed by the
hostess Xuer and took her as the second wife. Being double-crossed by
her own apprentice, Guishan was extremely frustrated. While she had to
replace the vacancy left by Xuer, she still had to put up a happy face in
front of others during the wedding. The crisis almost bankrupted Fusui
Thanks to the endeavors of Jiao, the maidservant of Fusui Club and
Guishan's confidante. Years ago Jiao followed her boss the Zhao family
to come to Hong Kong. She hoped to become Master Zhao's concubine
soon as he had promised earlier. However things took a bad turn. After
the Republic was founded, Zhao's family business in Shanghai crumbled.
Old Master Zhao died and soon Lady Zhao came into power, she
announced the dissolution of the servant. The family would relocate to
Taiwan to wait for opportunities. She took the chance to
get rid of Jiao. Master Zhao did not dare to protest.
When Jiao left Zhao's mansion, the jewelry given to her
by Master Zhao were even confiscated. Luckily the
money she deposited in a bank was kept intact.
Laowu used to be a regular guest at Master Zhao's
Shanghai mansion. During those days, Jiao did not
cook often. She only showed her skill when special
guests were present. Guishan could always remember
her cooking. Likewise Guishan could also remember
the looks on Laowu's face when Jiao came to the table
to greet the guests after dinner.
With a good hand at cooking, a pair of sharp eyes and
smooth social skills, such a woman should never worry
about the future. When Guishan sought to restart her
business after Laowu died, Jiao naturally became her
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