ชื่อภาพยนตร์ : Dearest Anita
แนว/ประเภท : Biography
ผู้กำกับภาพยนตร์ : Clifton Ko, Pako Leung
บทภาพยนตร์ : Hui Jim, Mui Nation, Tsui Wing Shan
นักแสดง : Yuki Fong, Elvina Kong, Sonija Kwok
วันที่ออกฉาย : 3 January 2019
Edith returns the abandoned items from Mui's house to its original senders after the death of the famous Cant-pop diva, Anita Mui in the late 2003. It revives five close fans' collective image and memory of Mui.
IMDB : tt9581518
คะแนน : 6.4
รับชม : 346 ครั้ง
เล่น : 63 ครั้ง
Have you ever been touched and/or inspired by a star, sent him or her fanmail or presents, met your idol and even been a friend before you became a fan? If so, you should be able to relate to the main characters -- all purportedly based on real people -- in Dearest Anita, a loving cinematic tribute to the late Anita Mui Yim Fong conceived by her dedicated fan club, Mui Nation, that was released just a few days after the 15th anniversary of the singer-actress' death.
Back in late 2013, a number of personal items belonging to Anita Mui were auctioned off by the late star's estate (against the will of her mother, among others). At the auction, die-hard fans of the entertainment idol often referred to as "Mui Chea" (Elder Sister Mui) successfully outbid others seeking to get their hands on those items. In addition, as Dearest Anita shows, they also managed to salvage a good percentage of those of Anita Mui's belongings that had been declared not valuable enough to auction off and consequently thrown away as trash.
Among Anita Mui's possessions rescued from a dumpster and found in large bags at a nearby secondhand store by the team of fans headed by Edith (Sonija Kwok) were items given to the star by her fans. While most entertainment luminaries didn't care for -- and tended to readily discard -- their devotees' offerings, it appeared that the object of the Mui Nation's affection was very different -- and, in fact, kept every single item that those who adored her sent to her in a room in her home in Shoushon Hill.
Rather than sell them or keep them for themselves, Edith and co go about returning those gifts -- be they a letter, a photograph in a handmade frame, a script for a play about Anita Mui or something else altogether -- they had managed to salvage to the fans who had sent them to their idol. Over the course of doing so, they connect with other Anita Mui fans who, grateful and happy that the woman they adored had cared enough to see those offerings as the tokens of affection that they are, recollect and share their warm memories and often moving stories of Mui Chea (portrayed in the film by Elvina Kong, whose shot in such a way that her face is never seen and/but whose speaking voice sounds remarkably like Anita Mui's).
Almost needless to say, Dearest Anita will appeal most to fans of Anita Mui. At the same time though, those who weren't her fans at the beginning of the film might well be by the end of it. For one thing, the movie shows how Mui Chea helped a young man (played by Alex Lam) who lost his father to SARS to continue to pursue his goal of becoming a professional musician. For another, it also shows how good she was to her friends (including one played by Myolie) and fans (including one played by Yuki Fong).
If nothing else, Dearest Anita makes clear how Anita Mui could come to be seen as a noble "Daughter of Hong Kong" and the kind of figure that a teacher (Paris Wong) could be inspired to write and stage a play about. And even if this movie can undoubtedly appear to be on the hokey side at times, it's also true that a number of its more touching scenes are well capable of moving people (like me!) to tears.
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