Hot Summer Days, a recent romantic hit from China, will be opening this Friday, October 8th at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, in a one week limited engagement. With an all-star cast from Hong Kong and mainland, the film showcases seven intertwining stories during Hong Kong’s hottest summer on record. You can also read my review of the film.
The film is directed by Tony Chan (Combination Platter) and Wing Shya and written by Tony Chan and Lucretia Ho. The film stars Jacky Cheung (As Tears Go By), Nicholas Tse (Young and Dangerous: The Prequel), René Liu (Murmur of Youth), Vivian Hsu (The Accidental Spy), Angelababy, Da S (Barbie Hsu), Duan Yihong, Fu Xinbo, Jing Boran, Daniel Wu, Michelle, Gordon Liu and Conroy Chan.
Synopsis: During Hong Kong’s hottest summer on record, seven stories crisscross, magically intertwining and affecting each other: A chauffeur and a foot masseuse romance through text messages, unaware of each other’s identities; an innocent factory girl asks her admirer to stand outside in the heat for 100 days to prove his love; a sushi chef prepares the perfect meal so that the food critic he loves will stay with him forever; a blinded photographer must locate the beautiful model he insulted; an old man desperately searches for an antique light bulb for the shrine of his late wife and each night an air conditioner repairman challenges a mystery girl to a road race. Intense temperature sparks intense emotions as the fates of these couples are tested when a blackout spreads across Hong Kong and the city falls into chaos.
According to the director Tony Chan, “I always wanted to make a modern day love story with multiple plot lines… Once I came up with the idea of setting the film during a blazing hot summer, it all came together. I love the idea of a sizzling heat that ignites the passion in our lives. We wanted the central theme to be about the need for perseverance: if you persist in life, your dream will come true. It applies to us as filmmakers too.”
Co-director Wing Shya mentioned, “At first, it was only set in Hong Kong, but then we expanded the scope to Beijing and Shenzhen. It gave us more opportunities to show different aspects of life. And, from a visual standpoint, it is much more exciting to shoot in different cities.”
Hot Summer Days opens at the following theatre on Friday, October 8:
Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills. For show times, please visit http://laemmle.com/
Running Time: 93 minutes
Language: Cantonese and Mandarin (With English Subtitles)