In Japanese, Cantonese and English
Director: Yon Fan (Bishonen, Peony Pavilion)
Starring: Theresa Chung, Harisu, Keiko Matsuzaka,
RunTime: 1 hr 44 mins
Released By: Cathay-Keris Films
Date: 24 March 2005
for Hong Kong Film Awards: Best Art Direction, Best New Artist,
Best costume and make up and Best Original Score.
Colour Blossoms is set in contemporary Hong Kong and deals
directly with love and lust, innocence and fetish. A decadent
romance breaking the barriers between the living and the dead,
the film portrays a dream of an almost unstoppable streams
of consciousness in which the shower of sakura blossoms wafts
and withers, whilst the intoxicated feeling of wanting and
loving lingers beyond the seduction that lures both ways,
leaving a fragrance that never decays.
Set in a contemporary Hong
Kong era, this is a tale of sensual and erotic love between
the hetero and homosexual variety. A movie of leather and
skin, it portrays the complex relationship, which is getting
more and more intriguing
Mei-li, an ambitious house agent was selling
a house to Madam Umeki (Matsuzaka eiko) a mysterious Japanese
high society lady who, in turn asks her to lease out a luxurious
apartment on her behalf. It was abandoned for thirty years
and this house brought fond yet painful memories for Madam
On her way to view the luxurious apartment,
she met Policeman 4708 (Carl Ng) where she develops a fantasy
for men in uniform and falls for him, the man of her dreams.
At the same time, when she bring potential customers to view
the house, she met Kim, a Japanese hippie photographer who
seems to have just stepped out of a CK perfume for men commercial.
She can’t help but to fall for him too. With his innocent
smile, Kim brings a sense of sorrow, which attracts the liking
of Mei-li and Madam Umeki.
So now where does Ha Ri Su fits in this movie
of an increasingly tangled web of violence, sensual passion,
and lurid, unchecked desires?
She was actually the younger version of Madam
Umeki who was madly in love with Kim and for the one she love,
she is ready to give up everything and even change herself
to be with Kim.
There is some element of some humorous entertainment
like a scene of switching on and off the water taps where
a woman’s sexual moans are heard. Another scene shows
Kim sexually assault Policeman 4708. Actually some of the
scenes in this movie is quite ridiculous. You can’t
help but to laugh at the filming approach of the director.
As for the cast, Madam Umeki is a very dramatic
character, whom like to seek attention and loves to live in
her fantasy. However, she was in a rage when she discovered
Mei-li has fallen for her lover, Kim who was killed by her
thirty years ago.
I find Policeman 4708 is an introverted character
in this movie, who holds a liking for Mei-li but do not dare
to express his feelings. I remember one scene where he climbs
the stairs up to Mei-li’s apartment and with his unnatural
movements, it make the moviegoers cracking up.
In a way, this character portrayed seems
unreal. When I lay my eyes upon him in his first scene, he
seems to immerse in a dreamy state and I do agree with Mei-li
that men in uniform can be very attractive.
However this movie is very confusing, as
some scenes tend to jump here and there. Although the story
is not greatly appreciated, I will still give its due credit
to its filming efforts and the artsy approach the director
This movie is not for those conservative
minded, but for those who appreciate artsy films. And if you
really want to have a feel of sensual love, do go with an
Review by Angeline Ng