‘No. 7 Cherry Lane’: An Animated Love Letter to ’60s Hong Kong and Movies from Director Yonfan

‘No. 7 Cherry Lane’: An Animated Love Letter to ’60s Hong Kong and Movies from Director Yonfan
Yonfan, the LGBT pioneer of Hong Kong art cinema, embraces animation for the first time with “No. 7 Cherry Lane” (currently streaming on Moma’s Virtual Cinema through February 4). It’s a love letter to a bygone Hong Kong from 1967, when he was a 20-year-old photographer and aspiring director caught up in the political turbulence and cinematic excitement of the era.

“‘No. 7 Cherry Lane’ is very different from all the other animations that I know of,” said Yonfan, who is not a fan of animation but was intrigued with the imaginative possibilities of the medium for his adult drama. The film represents his remembrance of the Hong Kong riots against the background of the Cultural Revolution in China.

“This is when people started denouncing the Vietnam War and there were many movies like ‘The Graduate’ and ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ that came out and they were very revolutionary. It seems timely with the [recent] protests in Hong Kong,
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