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Maggie Cheung film series takes the Center Stage at the Metrograph

The Maggie Cheung film series will be screened from 8 December to 31 December in New York…

The Academy Film Archives and David Bordwell introduce the “Maggie Cheung: Center Stage” series throughout this month. All 20 retrospective films, on 35mm, will be screened at the Metrograph, New York. The graceful Maggie Cheung is a classic Chinese icon who presents old world glamour and modern transnational elegance with a body of work straddling East and West. She is internationally recognized as the image of contemporary Chinese femininity.


In the 1980s, she entered into the film industry from a modelling and beauty pageant career. She started her early roles as eye candy in romantic comedies as part of the Hong Kong studio. Later, she took part in the action filmmaking including Wong Kar-Wai’s debut film As Tears Go By, Police Story series, and portrayed the pre-revolutionary silent screen goddess Ruan Ling-yu in Stanley Kwan’s 1992 film Center Stage. She appeared alongside with actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai in Wong Kar-Wai’s popular 2000 film In the Mood for Love. Also, she acted together with actor Leslie Cheung in Wong Kar-Wai’s Days of Being Wild. Then, she gained international fame by collaborating with Olivier Assayas on Irma Vep and Clean. She became the first Asian actress to win a prize at Cannes Film Festival.

Here are the films which you will be admired by her unique elegance that impact on visual culture in films:

  • Center Stage, Stanley Kwan, Hong Kong, 1991, 126 minutes
  • As Tears Go By, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1988, 102 minutes
  • Days of Being Wild, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1990, 94 minutes (Review)


  • Police Story, Jackie Chan, Hong Kong, 1985, 94 minutes
  • Police Story 2, Jackie Chan, Hong Kong, 1988, 101 minutes
  • Police Story 3: Supercop, Stanley Tong, Hong Kong, 1992, 95 minutes
  • Red Dust, Ho Yim, Hong Kong, 1990, 94 minutes
  • The Iceman Cometh, Clarence Yiu-Leung Fok, Hong Kong, 1989, 114 minutes
  • Project A Part II, Jackie Chan, Hong Kong, 1987, 101 minutes
  • The Heroic Trio, Johnnie To, Hong Kong, 1993, 88 minutes


  • The Twin Dragons, Tsui Hark & Ringo Lam, Hong Kong, 1992, 104 minutes (Review)
  • Irma Vep, Olivier Assayas, France, 1996, 99 minutes
  • Clean, Olivier Assayas, France, 2004, 90 minutes
  • Comrades: Almost a Love Story, Hong Kong, 1996, 118 minutes
  • Farewell China, Clara Law, China & US, 1990, 114 minutes
  • Ashes of Time Redux, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 1994, 93 minutes (Review)


  • 2046, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 2004, 129 minutes (Review)
  • In the Mood For Love, Wong Kar-Wai, Hong Kong, 2000, 98 minutes (Review)
  • Paper Marriage, Alfred Cheung, Hong Kong, 1988, 94 minutes
  • Green Snake, Tsui Hark, Hong Kong, 1993, 99 minutes

Find out more about the film screenings’ time and date here.

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Wai Lu Yin
Currently working on handling social media platforms. Also a passionate Korean culture journalist. Started to have interest in Korean culture, including films, since university and then become more passionate about Asian films. Craving for knowledge and experience from music to travel.
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