Anita Mui (梅艷芳) is a beloved music legend, and many regret that she passed away at the height of her career when she was only 40 years old. Released on November 12, biopic film Anita captures touching moments of the singer’s life and legacy, as well as the golden era of the 1980s and 1990s with vivid detail.
In its premiere, Anita quickly became the film with the highest box office sales and number of viewers in Hong Kong on opening day. On November 19, it passed the HK$20 million mark.
Although Anita’s singing career started from humble beginnings, she was able to achieve superstar status with her talent and became the most iconic female singer in Hong Kong. Performing since she was 4 years old, Anita was full of passion and was extremely loyal towards her loved ones, but this at times caused her suffering.
The film does not over-romanticize Anita or avoid her flaws. Newcomer Louise Wong (王丹妮) was selected for the role due to her resemblance to Anita, which is heightened through clever replication of the singer’s iconic outfits.
This was a decade where if you had a dream and worked hard, you would achieve success. It was also one of camaraderie, where seniors in the entertainment industry often took juniors under their wing and helped pave their paths.
Audiences from different generations can have different takeaways from the film. For some, it will be a beautiful memory of the excitement of chasing stars. For others, it will be a discovery of the beauty and glory of a former era in Hong Kong. Many viewers were touched by the movie and its heartfelt message.
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com