Remember the golden age of Hong Kong film and cinema in the 1950s and 1960s? Evan Yang, better known as 易文,directed dozens of films from that era starring famous movie stars Ge Lan (also known as Grace Chang), You Min, Lin Dai, Peter Chen Ho, Chang Yang, Loh Ti and Lin Tsui.

Evan Yang, or 易文(1920年11月26日-1978年3月29日)Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Evan Yang, or 易文(1920年11月26日-1978年3月29日)Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Intrigued by his legacy, film critic, scholar and director Shu Kei has made not one, but two films about him. They are both showing at Golden Village VivoCity tomorrow at 7.10pm, an offering from the Singapore Chinese Film Festival.

Evan Yang is best known as the director of several popular films at Motion Picture & General Investment Co (later renamed Cathay Organisation HK), but his identity as a writer had rarely been discussed until writers Ye Si and Mary Wong republished one of Yang’s short story anthologies in 2013. Shu Kei sheds  light on Yang’s writing career in Imagining Evan Yang, a part of RTHK’s documentary series on renowned authors that features enactments of selected scenes in Yang’s works. Shu also uses interviews with scholars and Yang’s children and collaborators to explore how Yang, who is mainland China-born, was able to rebuild his identity as an artist after coming to Hong Kong. Yang passed away in 1978.

Imagining Evan Yang at his writing desk.

Imagining Evan Yang at his writing desk. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

An actor portraying Evan Yang deep in thought.

An actor portraying Evan Yang deep in thought. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

This short will be screened with Shu’s short film Thin Dream Bay 海滨薄梦, based on Yang’s novel of the same name.

Bei meets a strange young man whom she fantasises about having sex with, while her husband is away.

Bei meets a strange young man whom she fantasises about having sex with, while her husband is away. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Synopsis: One day in Hong Kong 1956. Bei (played by Erica Yuen), whose husband constantly takes business trips to South East Asia, goes on a family outing to the beach with her five-year-old daughter and maid. Bei falls asleep while reading the pictorial. When she opens her eyes, she sees through her sunglasses a sturdy and decent young man (played by Yau Hawk Sau) gazing at her. He starts a conversation with her, which reminds Bei of an intimate phone call with her close friend Polly early that morning. The idea of having sex with this young man enters Bei’s head. What would it be like to envision Yi Wen’s short story “Thin Dream at the Seashore” (《海滨薄梦》) half a century after its genesis? Writer/director Shu Kei engages in earnest conversation with Yi Wen through riveting sound and image.

Bei is played by Erica Yuen, a Hong Kong politician, actress, and presenter.

Bei is played by Erica Yuen, a Hong Kong politician, actress, and presenter. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Bei brings her five-year-old daughter to the beach.

Bei brings her five-year-old daughter to the beach. Credit: Singapore Chinese Film Festival

Watch the trailer:

To win tickets to Imaging Evan Yang / Thin Dream Bay 想像易文 / 海滨薄梦, simply be the first to e-mail [email protected] to tell me why you want to watch it. Please remember to include your name, I/C number and contact number in your e-mail. Please make sure that you are able to make it for the screening happening at GV VivoCity, 7.10pm, Sunday (April 26) before joining. 

This contest will close at 3pm tomorrow (April 26). Contest winners must respond by e-mail or by phone by 4pm after being contacted; failing which the tickets will go to another person.

The Singapore Chinese Film Festival is happening until next Thursday, April 30. Do check out their screening schedule and Facebook page for updates. The Popping Post will be giving away tickets to more shows over the next few days, so do stay tuned. Check out their trailer here: