Who is Anita Mui? For many adults and maybe a few younger ones, Anita Mui is one of the greatest Hong Kong singers of all time. With an incredible voice and a flair for Cantopop, Anita had a presence that commanded the stage as soon as she stepped on it.
Fondly known to her friends and family as Mui Yim-fong (梅艷芳), the legendary artiste left her mark on history before she left the world due to cervical cancer. Her story was very well known then. However, it has been nearly two decades since her passing and “the daughter of Hong Kong” has become only a legend.
Last week, 18th November, a biopic on her life was released in cinemas as a tribute to the Cantopop star. It tells her story, allowing some an opportunity to know her better and others a chance to see the star alive on-screen again. Here’s our experience with the famous idol:
1. Movie Summary
“Anita” covers the singer’s rise to fame, and the realisation she made along the way. Of course, a few embellishments were made so don’t treat the movie like a history book. The story starts with young Mui’s passion for singing which becomes her guiding light as she continues to grow, both as an artiste and as a person.
You’ll see her dedication to her craft and the sacrifices she makes for it, before ending everything with one last concert. The movie has a cast of both known and budding stars such as Louis Koo, Lam Ka-tung, Louise Wong who played the singer herself and Malaysian actress Fish Liew who took on the role of Anita’s sister.
2. Doll Exhibit
Anita may be remembered for her voice and acting skills, but her stunning costumes played a big part in holding her audiences’ attention as well. Throughout the movie, viewers will get to see Louise portray the artiste in the various costumes which characterised different parts of Anita’s life. However, it can be hard to focus on the costumes with everything going on. As such, an exhibit featuring her iconic costumes were displayed on dolls. Here are a couple of pics we got of it:
3. Our Honest Opinion
As mentioned, “Anita” is meant to tell the singer’s story. Sure, there are embellishments but that is what makes a good story. For those who don’t know her, it is a good way to be introduced to the singer. It’s in parts inspiring and moving, leaving many in tears as the singer fights to overcome obstacles thrown her way.
One theme that really sticks in the mind is Anita’s need to be remembered. From the first step she takes on stage till her final steps off it, Anita asks, “Will you remember me?” Her every action searches for affirmation even after she reaches the top and long after she’s gone. Her biopic is an answer to that.
So, who is Anita Mui? “Anita” shows us that she’s more than a singer, an actress, an artiste. Mui Yim-fong was a girl who made it big but still wondered, as many of us do really, “Will you remember me?“