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      July Rhapsody

      In Theaters Fri Jul 19 1h 43m Drama TRAILER for July Rhapsody: Trailer 1 List July Rhapsody: Trailer 1 July Rhapsody: Trailer 1 1:14 View more videos
      83% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 84% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Brimming with unspeakable serene beauty, JULY RHAPSODY by Hong Kong's director Ann Hui (A Simple Life) and scriptwriter Ivy Ho (Comrades Almost a Love Story) is a profound and soothing tale about how one paddles through life's chaos as many seemingly eternal inspiration sources of times, like the Yangtze river, quietly fade away. In appearance, Lam prides himself on teaching classic Chinese literature at an elite school and a family of a caring wife and two sons. Deep down, the man of forty tastes unfulfilled ambitions in affluent old classmates' belittlements and unsatisfied desires in seductions from a free-spirited student. The sudden return of his teenage years mentor finally wrecks this vulnerable balance. Lam must unearth the long-hidden truth about who he is and gain a new perspective on how to live the rest of his life. Read More Read Less Coming Soon In Theaters Fri Jul 19 Reserve Tickets

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      Sean Gilman The Chinese Cinema Hui has proven herself in all kinds of genres (ghost stories, romantic melodramas, wuxia epics, etc). What unites her work is her deep and non-judgmental curiosity about human experience, viewed always from a level of dispassionate, academic reserve. Jun 9, 2024 Full Review Pat Padua Spectrum Culture Its dramatic vision is as tender as it is dazzlingly seductive. Rated: 90/100 May 16, 2024 Full Review Charles Mudede The Stranger (Seattle, WA) Don't miss this bittersweet movie. May 10, 2024 Full Review Panos Kotzathanasis Asian Movie Pulse “July Rhapsody” is an excellent film, one that highlights how Ann Hui can take the cliche and even the mundane and elevate it to a true piece of art, and one that can easily be described as deceptively simple. Rated: 7.5 Apr 28, 2024 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 4, 2005 Full Review Steve Rhodes Internet Reviews This touching film is mesmerizing, yet when you leave the theater you may find yourself surprised that so little happened. Ah, but what does is so exquisite. Rated: 3/4 Apr 17, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member just cant take my eyes off Karena as always (all of her early films were great performed) a solid mellow drama, nice =) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member The story is good, but it's so slow. I already know what's coming half way through. Should have made it 30mins long. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Ann Hui is an excellent storyteller, but it is sometimes difficult to see what one gets out of her movies because at the end of the slow pace there’s seldom any catharsis or huge plot twist ie. no big reward for the viewer. But the directorial restraint and understated emotion makes this movie easy to relate to in an everyday manner, and that’s a sign of good filmmaking. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Een aangrijpende prent over midlife crisis, verleiding en het terugblikken op de keuzes en invloeden die ons gevormd hebben Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the most beautifully shot HK films I've ever seen. The colours and grain of the film stock were perfect. Camerawork was polished. Could barely understand it without English subs, so I'd have to watch it again, but just the way the scenes played out, and the time period it was set in lends itself to being an outstanding work of art. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member With a beautifully composed script by Ivy Ho and secure direction from Ann Hui, July Rhapsody has quite the emotional impact. The way the story slowly unfolds itself, proportionately and objectively, makes emotional investment natural and effortless. The movie's affect also depends largely on very realistic characters, presented as real human beings with equal amounts of merits and flaws, and handled sensitively by each member of the cast. Karena Lam is a true revelation here, skillfully avoiding any tempting Lolitaisms, and Jacky Cheung also manages to refer from the potential sensationalistic exploitation of his character. Anita Mui is perhaps somewhat aloof in her final performance on screen, but in a way that fits the narrative and her character's emotional development. The midlife crisis theme could easily turn into a very ugly thing in the hands of any director, but in July Rhapsody there is only sad lingering beauty. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Brimming with unspeakable serene beauty, JULY RHAPSODY by Hong Kong's director Ann Hui (A Simple Life) and scriptwriter Ivy Ho (Comrades Almost a Love Story) is a profound and soothing tale about how one paddles through life's chaos as many seemingly eternal inspiration sources of times, like the Yangtze river, quietly fade away. In appearance, Lam prides himself on teaching classic Chinese literature at an elite school and a family of a caring wife and two sons. Deep down, the man of forty tastes unfulfilled ambitions in affluent old classmates' belittlements and unsatisfied desires in seductions from a free-spirited student. The sudden return of his teenage years mentor finally wrecks this vulnerable balance. Lam must unearth the long-hidden truth about who he is and gain a new perspective on how to live the rest of his life.
      Director
      Ann Hui
      Producer
      Tung-Shing Yee, Ann Hui
      Screenwriter
      Ivy Ho
      Distributor
      Cheng Cheng Films
      Production Co
      Filmko Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 12, 2024, Limited
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Jul 19, 2024
      Release Date (DVD)
      Sep 10, 2024
      Runtime
      1h 43m
      Sound Mix
      Surround