Summer Snow

A brave, pioneering example of a Hong Kong film taking up the subject of old age and its accompanying ailments in a serious, dignified manner

acclaimed and awarded films, Summer Snow is a light, at times humorous portrayal of the everyday struggles of the 40-year-old May Sun (Josephine Siao), who tries to reconcile her professional duties and family obligations in the form of her father-in-law (Roy Chiao), suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. After the premature death of his wife, tradition requires May to take over the role of his caretaker, though overwhelmed by new responsibilities, she is soon faced with the difficult decision whether to place him in a care home.

What Ann Hui describes are the tensions and attachment between people and the need for deeper understanding, patience and forgiveness, through which we can contemplate the fragility of life and the importance of family. The film won the Silver Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival, as well as Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenwriter, Best Actor and Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards.


This screening is a joint presentation by Focus Hong Kong and The Garden Cinema’s Chinese Cinema strand.

Supported by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office London.


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