Starring actresses Renci Yeung (楊偲泳) and Hedwig Tam (談善言), LGBT-themed Hong Kong film The First Girl I Loved <喜歡妳是妳> had previously garnered a string of international awards even before hitting local cinemas. The film later premiered to positive reviews in Hong Kong, with two additional screenings quickly filled by avid local audiences.
Exploration of LGBT Love, Youth & Religion
Set in a traditional elite girls’ school in Hong Kong, the two protagonists Nam and Yuet developed feelings for each other during their schooling days, where the girls would frequently gather during assembly sessions. Whereas one saw their uncertain relationship as love, the other deemed it as growth.
Many years later, Yuet got in contact with Nam and invited her to be her bridesmaid – causing their memories to come flooding back, as Nam has to “pass” her once beloved to Yuet’s chosen life partner.
Going Behind the Scenes
Interviewed by the press on March 4, TVB actor Yeung Chiu Hoi (楊潮凱) who is the film’s co-director and scriptwriter, expressed his excitement at its upcoming premier in Korea, “It’s really great news!” An alumnus of the 23rd TVB Artiste Training Class, the 37-year-old is also a graduate of School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.
Describing his film as a “low-budget local film,” Yeung confessed that it had been challenging to handle every aspect from conceptualization to production. Although it took him “three to four years” to finish the project, he nevertheless enjoyed the process.
“The First Girl I Loved” Trailer