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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.

Cantonese Music Masterpost

I’ve tried my best to compile a balanced list of Cantonese songs, with both modern and classical Cantopop, and both male and female artists. This is obviously not an extensive list, but rather just an overview of some of the more popular singers. There are still tens of thousands of Cantonese songs out there, but hopefully this list will give you an idea of where to start. 

  • recommended* 
  • strongly recommended**  
  • must listen***

- M O D E R N   C A N T O P O P - 

Alfred Hui (許廷鏗)

螞蟻 / 面具 / 登對 / 我的離開也是愛 / 對白 / 知己 / 歲月無悔* / 記住忘記我*

Dear Jane

遠征 / 不許你注定一人 / 到此為止 / 最後一次 / 咖啡因眼淚

G.E.M (鄧紫棋)

喜歡你* / Get Over You / 失真

Pakho Chau (周柏豪)

百年不合** / 傳聞* / 還記得* / 我的宣言* / 磨牙 / 相安無事

Joey Yung (容祖兒)

女皇 / 天窗 / 花千樹* / 續集** / 連續劇** / 我的驕傲** / 世上只有*

Louis Cheung (張繼聰)

離人淚* / 雙生焰 / 永和號 / 烏蠅鏡 / 瑪莉殺死小綿羊

Ivana Wong (王菀之)

小俠 / 妳的名字我的姓氏 / 生命之花* / 好時辰** / 最好的 / 末日** / 畫意** / 留白

Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞)

高攀 / 化蝶 / 暗戀 / 交替之間 / 明知故犯** / 相信明天

Linda Chung (鍾嘉欣)

最幸福的事* / 其實我不快樂 / 發誓 / 一顆不變的心 / 預防針 / 不顧一切 / 鋼琴哭 / 一人晚餐 / I’ll be Waiting for You 

Fred Cheng (鄭俊弘)

當狗愛上貓 / 投降吧 / 我就是我 / 熊貓* 

J. Arie (雷琛瑜)

你死我活** / 不想再見 / 第一志願 / 我就是主角

Hins Cheung (張敬軒)

靈魂相認 / 找對的人 / 叮噹可否不要老 / 緋荔榭‧少年 / 井 / 春秋 / 留低鎖匙

JW (王灝兒)

矛盾一生* / 多少年

Juno Mak (麥浚龍)

耿耿於懷 / 念念不忘** / 羅生門*

Kay Tse (謝安琪)

你們的幸福 / 雞蛋與羔羊 / 家明 / 獨家村

Andy Hui (許志安)

你的男人 / 流淚行勝利道 / 豬先生 / 男人最痛* / 灰飛煙滅

Phil Lam (林奕匡)

高山低谷* / 有人共鳴 / 安徒生的錯

Jinny Ng (吳若希)

眼淚的秘密** / 越難越愛* / 愛 / 錯過了 / 我們都受傷* 

C AllStar

逾越生死** / 天梯** / 夜幕天星 / 薄情歌*

AGA (江海迦)

一加一 / 一* / 問好* / 若 / Superman / 認

Fiona Sit (薛凱琪)

那一個我 / 告別我* / 9:55pm

Leo Koo (古巨基)

戀無可戀 / 時代 / 任天堂流淚 / 愛得太遲** / 友共情 / 地球很危險 / 告別我的戀人們  

Stephy Tang (鄧麗欣)

好心好報 (with 方力申) / 不要離我太遠* / 分手的情書 / 戒心**

Alex Fong (方力申)

ABC君 / 無雙譜* / 在你遙遠的附近 / 如果世上没傻瓜 / 好好戀愛 / 只愛一個人*

Charmaine Fong (方皓玟)

哭乾了眼淚 / 你是你本身的傳奇 / 分手總約在雨天

Justin Lo (側田)

美麗之最 / I Miss Love / 情永落

Jade Kwan (關心妍)

逆來順受** / 人生銀行 / 失戀哲理 / 如何離開你*

Angela Hui (許靖韻)

仍未心死 / 不如告白 / R U OK? / 單身派對

Mr.

森林** / 昨天** / 現在** / 兩大無猜* / 等不了 / 黑色狂迷* / 一句 / 無謂再假 / 如果我是陳奕迅 / 想太多*

Rubberband

發現號 / 你和我** / 放 / 語言藝術 / 阿波羅* 

Supper Moment

無盡** / 小伙子* / 幸福之歌 / 是你令我再次找到心跳 / P.S. I Love You

- T H E   C L A S S I C S  -

This section is extremely varied, extending from the 1960s to the early 2000s, with a bigger focus on the 80s to late 90s, because a lot of absolute classics that really defined Cantopop were from this time period. I’ve included the “4 Heavenly Kings” (Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok) and tons of other extremely well-known artists like Eason Chan, Leslie Cheung, Alan Tam, and Danny Chan. If you’re studying Cantonese, you should get to know some of the songs I’ve starred! 

Jacky Cheung (張學友)

愛是永恒 / 妳的名字 我的姓氏 / 李香蘭 / 分手總要在雨天 / 我等到花兒也謝了 / 相思風雨中 

Andy Lau (劉德華)

如果有一天 / 一起走過的日子 / 謝謝你的愛**

Leon Lai (黎明)

對不起我愛妳 /  沒名字的歌,無名字的妳

Aaron Kwok (郭富城)

風裡密碼 / 愛的呼喚 / 誰能代替妳 / 錯愛的呼喚** / I Love You So 太愛你 / 我為何讓你走 / 是最好人生

Anita Mui (梅艷芳)

夕陽之歌 / 心債 / 夢伴 / 赤的疑惑 / 千年女王 / 風的季節 / 似水流年 / 抱緊眼前人 / 壞女孩

Leslie Cheung (張國榮)

有心人 / 有誰共鳴 / 當年情 / 千千闕歌 / 追 / 今生今世 / 左右手 / 風繼續吹

Alan Tam (譚詠麟)

一生中最愛** / 愛的根源* / 曾經 / 再見亦是淚* / 誰可改變** / 愛的替身 / 暴風女神 Lorelei / 愛在深秋 / 忘不了您 / 只想孤單一個自己  / 雨夜的浪漫** / 朋友** / 愛情陷阱*** / 小風波 

Vivian Chow (周慧敏)

痴心換情深 / 最愛 / 孤單的心痛 / 自作多情*

Danny Chan (陳百強)

戀愛預告*** / 一生何求 / 偏偏喜歡你** / 等 / 深愛著你

Roman Tam (羅文)

獅子山下** / 家變 / 滄海一聲笑 / 幾許風雨

Sally Yeh (葉倩文)

情人知己 / 祝福* / 紅塵* / 黎明不要來

Hacken Lee (李克勤)

月半小夜曲* / 情非首爾 / 冬暖夏涼* / 孔明燈 / 十年前後** / 眷戀 / 一生不變 / 大會堂演奏廳 / 紅日**

Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文)

放不低 / 默契 / 不拖不欠* / 插曲*

Chris Wong (黃凱芹)

感受 / 傷感的戀人 / 雨中的戀人們* / 如果你知我苦衷** / 易愛難收 / 晚秋 / 青蔥歲月** / 誰明白愛** / 流離所愛** / 望星星

Eason Chan (陳奕迅)

陀飛輪**  / 於心有愧** / 任我行 / 遠在咫尺 / 浮誇 / 富士山下* / 明年今日 / 十面埋伏 / 幸災樂禍 / Katrina / K歌之王** / Lonely Christmas** / 歲月如歌** / 沙龍

Beyond

光輝歲月** / 海闊天空** / 情人* / 喜歡你* / 我是憤怒 / 不可一世

Faye Wong (王菲)

約定* / 容易受傷的女人** / 愛與痛的邊緣*

Johnny Yip (葉振棠)

忘盡心中情 / 難為正邪定分界 / 找不著藉口 / 戲劇人生

Twins 

下一站天后 / 風箏與風 / 眼紅紅 / 多謝失戀 / 死性不改 / 你不是好情人 / 亂世佳人

Individual Songs

上海灘 (葉麗儀) / 相逢何必曾相識 (蔣志光 / 韋綺姍) / 狂潮 (關菊英) / 大亨 (徐小鳳)** / 傻女 (陳慧嫻)* / 越吻越傷心 (蘇永康) / 好心分手 (盧巧音)*** / 小城大事 (楊千嬅)***

Thanks to @petitbabelfish for helping me with the Classics section! If there are any major songs that I missed, please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.