1980s hong kong

5

Rouge (胭脂扣). Dir. Stanley Kwan. 1988.

An adaptation from the novel by Lilian Lee, Rouge is part period drama, part ghost story, melding together elements of romance and the supernatural to slowly unveil a moving story about the inevitability of change. Fleur, an alluring courtesan working at a flourishing brothel in 1930s Hong Kong, falls madly in love with the 12th Master, Chan Chen-pang, who comes from a wealthy family. Their torrid, doomed love affair comes to an end when, realizing they can never be together, the two decide to commit suicide by overdosing on opium. 

The film travels between flashbacks to the 1930s, and scenes set in present-day 1980s Hong Kong, where Fleur returns as a ghost after spending 50 years in the afterlife waiting for the 12th Master. Believing that he is still alive, Fleur searches for her lover among the strange, unfamiliar streets that used to be her home, and grapples with the realization that both her lover and the Hong Kong she once knew could be long gone.

Rouge stars Anita Mui and Leslie Cheung, two wildly successful Cantopop idols at the time, whose performances in this film established their acting potential. A classic of 1980s Hong Kong cinema, Rouge will forever be remembered for its two stars, and in retrospect its eerily fateful storyline, as both Anita and Leslie ultimately passed away in the same year.

Escape Velocity

Author: cuddlebone

Jihan | Verkwan | Meanie | Jicheol | Soonseok | Junhao

AO3

Warnings: Individual warnings included in the author’s notes!

Length: 50,435 words | Chaptered | Currently at 3 Chapters

Summary: Jisoo and Jeonghan are college students in 1990s Seattle, and they can hear each other’s thoughts. Seungcheol and Jihoon are part of a gang in 1940s New York, and they can share memories. Soonyoung and Seokmin are boy-scouts at a 1960s summer camp, and they can experience each other’s emotions. Mingyu and Wonwoo are in love in 1920s Paris, and any words they write appear on each other’s skin. Junhui and Minghao are apprentices in 1980s Hong Kong, and they only saw colour after they met. Vernon and Seungkwan are in 2100s San Fransokyo, and a clock had been quietly counting down the minutes until they came together.

Chan is sitting in his bedroom in 2017, wondering why names he does not recognize and dates decades before and after his time are scribbled on his exposed skin.

(A soulmate AU.)

Notes: I adore this. The differing take on the soulmate au and the various time periods is so captivating, and I just… Wow. 

Escape Velocity

author: cuddlebone

Jihan, Meanie, Jicheol, Verkwan, Junhao, and Soonseok

AO3

Warnings: Homophobia, Relatively non-violent incidences of kidnapping, parallels to child trafikking/slavery, prosthetic limbs/blood

Author’s Summary: Jisoo and Jeonghan are college students in 1990s Seattle, and they can hear each other’s thoughts. Seungcheol and Jihoon are part of a gang in 1940s New York, and they can share memories. Soonyoung and Seokmin are boy-scouts at a 1960s summer camp, and they can experience each other’s emotions. Mingyu and Wonwoo are in love in 1920s Paris, and any words they write appear on each other’s skin. Junhui and Minghao are apprentices in 1980s Hong Kong, and they only saw colour after they met. Vernon and Seungkwan are in 2100s San Fransokyo, and a clock had been quietly counting down the minutes until they came together.Chan is sitting in his bedroom in 2017, wondering why names he does not recognize and dates decades before and after his time are scribbled on his exposed skin. (A soulmate AU.)

Notes: The writing is flawless, the plot is amazing with solid flow. It’s a fic of different storylines, but I feel they’re woven together seamlessly. Could not recommend a fic more! It is mostly ambiguous/angsty endings, so if you want fluff not the fic to read. 

Length:  35472 words // 2 chapters of 7

龍虎風雲 / 1987 / Ringo Lam / Hong Kong

A masterpiece. I highly recommend this classic Hong Kong crime film. The cinematographer, Andrew Lau, would later be Wong Kar-wai’s cinematographer for Chunking Express. Lau also directed Infernal Affairs, remade in the US as The Departed by Martin Scoresse.