Be yourself. Forget about whether you are male or female and just work hard to become a director who truly knows her craft and the direction she wants the film to go. People respect a director for her work regardless of her gender.
“A Tale of Three Cities” is a tribute to our parents’ generation, who escaped from city to city in search of their loved ones and in search of a place to build a better home. The story is set during the turbulent war years in China in the ’40s and ’50s.
I have always wanted to make a film about my parents’ generation, which tried every way to escape from the deadly shadow of war and finally settled down in Hong Kong in the ’50s to build a home from nothing. Arguably, they are the first generation of Hong Kong people to turn this remote island into a modern city.
Being a very bad daughter, I never really took time to sit down and listen to my mother’s story, and she passed away in 2003. I became very guilty and began to spend a lot of time with older people. I listened carefully to their stories.
I’m a hopeless romantic. I consider myself a realistic person who usually finds stories from real life people.
I like the powerful story, the excellent performances the beautiful cinematography and the vision of the “The Piano”.