First Night Nerves
Two stars fight to take the spotlight in a play that features more drama behind the scenes than on the stage.
Southeast AsianHong Kong, China / 2018 / 100 MIN / Cantonese, Mandarin / NC16: Some Mature Content
Yuan Xiuling, a star past her prime, plans a return to the spotlight a year after her philandering husband passes away. An opportunity arises when she is cast as the lead in a theatre production titled Two Sisters. However, her co-lead is her biggest rival, He Yuwen, a rising actress making her theatrical debut. In the week before opening night, tensions rise and tempers flare. The actresses struggle to cope with artistic expectations, jostle for media attention, and let past resentments and grievances rise to the surface.
A new film after a long hiatus from Hong Kong maestro Stanley Kwan, First Night Nerves stars two of Hong Kong′s most quintessential actresses, Sammi Cheng and Gigi Leung, alongside China′s Bai Baihe.
Cast & Credits
A key figure of the Hong Kong New Wave, Stanley Kwan began his career at TVB. Known for insightful portrayals of the female psyche, his films—such as Rouge, Actress, Everlasting Regret and Full Moon in New York—have been celebrated by audiences and cinephiles alike, receiving success both commercially and artistically.
Katie Kwan, Zhang Qun, Wu Xinxin
Sammi Cheng, Gigi Leung, Bai Baihe