“Anita” Captures Hong Kong’s Golden Era

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.

Source: HK01

This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com

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  1. Felt so happy i was able to take my parents to watch this film in Australia! My mum loves her and never was able to go see her at a concert. So it was quite amazing to give her a somewhat of a concert feel when the film portrayed Anita’s songs! It was a very heart-felt touching movie and Louise did an A+++ job in playing Anita! It even got me teary in a few scenes! Must watch for Anita fans!

    1. @yummiki24 Thanks for sharing your feedback over “Anita”! The film seems to be beautifully made. As Anita was such an iconic legend, it would definitely invoke lots of memories of the 80s. What did you think of Terrance Lau’s performance as Leslie Cheung?

      Once the theatrical run is over, hopefully Amazon or Netflix can pick up the streaming rights of “Anita” so more worldwide fans can see the movie.