The Secret

A rare screening of the debut feature by legendary Hong Kong director Ann Hui, digitally restored to its original splendour

Penned by renowned screenwriter Joyce Chan, The Secret (1979) is the first feature film by acclaimed director Ann Hui. Based on the infamous real-life ‘Hong Kong Double Corpse Murder Case’ of 1970, the skillfully-crafted film utilises a non-linear narrative structure to unpeel layer after layer of secrets and illusions. Its clever use of visual contrast not only underscores the clashes between traditional and modern cultures, but also mirrors the psychological tension of characters. The film explores the dark side of the human psyche and experiments with innovative styles, heralding the Hong Kong New Wave and creating a beguiling and nostalgic world of mystique.

Screens courtesy of Hong Kong Film Archive, Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

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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