Ann Hui On-wah, (traditional Chinese: 許鞍華; simplified Chinese: 许鞍华; pinyin: Xǔ Ānhuá; Hepburn: Kyo Anka; born 23 May 1947) is a Hong Kong film director, producer, screenwriter and actress who is one of the most critically acclaimed Hong Kong New Wave filmmakers. She is known for her films about social issues in Hong Kong. Her film works cover different categories, including: literary adaptation, martial arts masterpieces, semi-autobiographical works, female issues, social phenomena, political changes, and also thrillers. She served as the president of the Hong Kong Film Director's Guild from 2004 to 2006.Hui has won numerous awards for her films. She won Golden Horse Awards (GHA) for Best Director three times (1999, 2011, 2014); Best Film at the Asia Pacific Film Festival; and Best Director at the Hong Kong Film Awards six times (1983, 1996, 2009, 2012, 2015, 2018). Only two films have achieved a Grand Slam (winning best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actor, and best actress) at the Hong Kong Film Awards; they are Summer Snow and A Simple Life, both of which were directed by Ann Hui. She was honored for her lifetime accomplishments at the 2012 Asian Film Awards. In 2017, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) invited Hui to become a member.
On 23 May 1947, Hui was born in Anshan, Liaoning Province, Manchuria. Hui's mother was Japanese and her father was Chinese. In 1952, Hui moved to Macau, then Hong Kong at the age of five. Hui attended St. Paul's Convent School.
Movies & TV shows
One of Hong Kong's most influential filmmakers, Ann Hui, becomes a "star" for the first time. A progenitor of the New Wave, Hui's tumultuous, forty-year career is an unequivocal testimony to her unyie...
Love After Love
The film tells the story of a young girl who travels from Shanghai to Hong Kong in pursuit of education, but ends up working for her aunt who is having sex with rich and powerful men.
Septet: The Story of Hong Kong
The film explores the history of Hong Kong from the 1940s to the present day.
No.7 Cherry Lane
Set in Hong Kong in 1967 — a time of complex politics when it was still a British colony — No. 7 Cherry Lane revolves around a love triangle between a university student, a single mother and her teena...
A package of shorts by four leading East Asian directors: Ann Hui on a male-to-female sex change, Kim Tae-yong on an emotional imposture, Gu Changwei on pregnancy in China and the city of Hong Kong.
All About Love
Macy andAnita are back together after being separated for a long time. They fell in love again after they shared the circumstances that led to their pregnancies. However, to add to the trouble caused ...
Echoes of the Rainbow
The story is told through the eyes of an eight-year-old boy named Big Ears. An outstanding athlete with grades worthy of Hong Kong's best school, Big Ears' older brother is a dream son for every famil...
Night and Fog
Night and Fog begins at the end of the story with a man murdering his wife and the film goes on to investigate how things could have gotten this far and what kind of man was able to kill his family.
The Way We Are
The Way We Are is a respectful, unglamorous, and serenely charming portrait of regular people and a Hong Kong town that normally gets a bad rap. It may put you to sleep, but the visit and Ann Hui's qu...
Goddess of Mercy
After falling in love with the cleaning woman who works at the taekwando gym, he learns she's an undercover cop. A raid she led resulted in the death of one of the parents of a drug smuggler, who had ...
Visible Secret 2
The newlyweds Jack and Ching move into a new apartment. Jack gets smacked by a car and goes into a coma, but a miraculous recovery occurs. Jack begins having visions of death around the house and he f...
Lam Yiu Kwok, a Hong Kong secondary school teacher is facing a mid-life crisis. While he has only his pride and Chinese poetry to fall back on, his peers are successful businessmen and professionals w...
Fighting to Survive
Anthony Wong is in a comedy.
The Making of 'Youling renjian - Visible Secret'
There was a documentary in 2001.
A father is on a summer holiday. The noodle bar will be open for 2 months on a lease. He has high expectations for his business. The two of them fall in love with Carlily. A new friend of Little Kuk-k...
The story takes place in a beautiful pavilion. Jade is a famous courtesan. She has a relationship with a female cousin of the family and is being watched by her butler. When she meets the charismatic ...
The latest movie of Ann Hui combines elements of horror films with other comical aspects to offer an intriguing and terrifying work of great visual strength.
Women's Private Parts
Barbara Wong interviews HK women (of all ages (even 4 year olds), all walks of life, all sexual preferences, singles, wives, mistresses, prostitutes) with an all women crew and gets some wild and fran...
Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone
It doesn't bring Jim Yam much satisfaction that he has ascended nearly to the top of power in the underworld. He finds himself more and more soldiering on as he watches his peers die. It is sad to com...
The story of romance and fate is based on a novel by Eileen Chang. Manjing, a young woman from a once-well-off family, works in a factory where she meets Shujun, the son of wealthy merchants. They are...
The Opium War
The story of the Opium War between China, in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty, and the British Empire, in the 1830s, and the subsequent takeover of Hong Kong by Britain; through the eyes of the key...
As Time Goes By
1997 documentary, part of the Taiwan-produced series "Personal Memoir of Hong Kong", is both a self-portrait and a depiction of Hong Kong during the 40 years preceding the handover by the United Kingd...
A young man develops a severe neck pain after swimming in a polluted river and his parents are unable to provide any relief for him or themselves.
The Stunt Woman
Ah Kam joined the action director's team of regulars a few years ago.
Chui Chik tries to lead a quiet life as a librarian. However, he is really a former test subject for a highly secretive supersoldier project and the instructor of a special commando unit dubbed "701."...
The Meaning of Life
Obstetrician Joey Fong helps childless couple Shiu and Lan kidnap a child and then decides she wants to have a baby with a news reporter husband.
The Suns are a typical Hong Kong family: May works for a trading company, her husband works as a civil servant, and their teenage son is still at school. One day, Bing's mother dies of a stroke, leavi...
While studying in Japan, Ben Lee became friends with Chang Chih. Chih would ask where Ben's childhood sweetheart was when he saw a Chinese person. He wants to become a brother in-law of the leader of ...
My American Grandson
A 12-year-old boy from America experiences the clash of cultures and the generation gap when he visits his grandfather in Shanghai.
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Song of the Exile
The story is about a Chinese-Japanese student who returns to her native Hong Kong after graduating from a university. She and her family fight because of cultural and societal conflicts between her mo...
When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. The novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer was written by Jinyong.
Calling the Shots
Documentary about women in the film industry. Interviews with directors, producers, writers, and actors include Karen Arthur, Lizzie Borden, Joyce Chopra, Martha Coolidge, Donna Deitch, Ann Hui, Euzh...
Starry Is the Night
A single 40 year old woman and a social worker start a relationship with a teen-ager, she remembers her relationship with her professor when she was younger.
Princess Fragrance is a 1987 Hong Kong film based on Louis Cha's novel The Book and the Sword. The film is a sequel to The Romance of Book and Sword, which was released earlier in the same month and w...
The Romance of Book and Sword
The story is based on the popular novel developed from folk legend. It goes that the Manchurian emperor Qianlong of China (circa 18th Century) was actually the son of a Han Chinese, the subject ethnic...
Love in a Fallen City
Pai is a young woman who has been ostracized by her family for divorcing her rich husband in Love in a Fallen City. Mrs is a match-maker. The Hsu's brought Pai to Hong Kong in order to introduce her t...
Film as a Way of Life: Hong Kong Cinema
The early 1980s Hong Kong filmmaking community is examined. Tony Rayns interviews some of the new generation of filmmakers.
Winners & Sinners
Five friends are released from prison and are trying to stay out of trouble. They are caught up in a war between rival gangs that are fighting for control of the counterfeit currency market.
The Story of Woo Viet
He wants to start a new life in the United States. He needs to get to Hong Kong before he meets a beautiful woman. Many of their countrymen are disappearing when Wu and his new love end up in a refuge...
After his sister's suicide, the boyfriend of a young co-ed turned into a stalker.
A real murder case which was complicated by the ménage à trois relationship the victim had with the main suspects. As different witnesses narrated their conflicting stories, the case seemed set to lea...
The Boy from Vietnam
The three young people who came to Hong Kong from Vietnam (Zeng Quansheng, Li Guosong and You Qingfeng) have different choices for life. Some people are selling their own body and quick money, hoping ...