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Shanghai on Film

Movie poster from Everlasting Regret

Everlasting Regret

Year: 2005

Director: Stanley Kwan

Novel: Wang Anyi

Screenplay: Elmond Yeung

Starring: Sammi Cheng Sau-Man, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Hu Jun, Daniel Wu, Huang Jue, Su Yan, Huang Yi

Production: JEC Entertainment Ltd., Shanghai Film Studios

Plot Synopsis: The film is based on Changhen Ge, a novel by the famous Chinese female writer Wang Anyi, telling a story about the turbulent life of a Shanghai woman in 20th-century Shanghai. After enjoying temporary flashy illusions, the woman falls into despair, suffering and everlasting regret.

Behind the Scenes: Wang Anyi said, "When writing about Shanghai, Shanghai women are a good subject." In the novel, Wang finely drew Shanghai's particular civic culture and alley culture, and vividly depicted the tragic destiny of a civilian Shanghai woman who lost her youth, beauty and possible happiness to a Vanity Fair-type lifestyle. When casting the main role, Stanley Kwan had to choose between superstar Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk and Sammi Cheng Sau-Man. He listened to Wang's suggestion, as she considered the heroine in the story to be fair, but not as stunning a beauty as Maggie Cheung Man-Yuk. Thus, Kwan cast Sammi Cheng Sau-Man as the heroine.


1. An old Shanghai presented by the famous Hong Kong director Stanley Kwan

2. "Shanghai Lady" performed by singer-turned-actress Sammi Cheng Sau-Man deserves audiences' attention.

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