Anna Magdalena is a 1998 Hong Kong film starring Kelly Chen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Aaron Kwok. It was the directorial debut of production designer Yee Chung-Man.
The title refers to the keyboard piece Minuet in G by Johann Sebastian Bach
, from the 1725 Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach
. Anna Magdalena
was Bach's second wife. The music attracts the attention of Chan Kar-fu and Yau Muk-yan as Kelly Chen's character plays it on her piano. The film score uses this theme repeatedly.
The film structure loosely follows that of the minuet: four "movements", which are announced by titles: two themes, a duet, and a set of variations. 1- Chan Kar-fu's (Takeshi Kaneshiro
) introduction 2- Yau Muk-yan's (Aaron Kwok
) effect on his life 3- Mok Man-Yee's (Kelly Chen
) effect on their lives 4- Chan Kar-fu's literary vision of love. This fourth "movement" (Variations) is a wild fantasy on the previous material, based on the novel written by Kaneshiro's character: The XO Pair
Unemployed aspiring writer Yau Muk-yan (Aaron Kwok) moves into the apartment of Chan Kar-fu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), a shy piano tuner. Both will soon fall in love with their new neighbor Mok Man-Yee (Kelly Chen).
- Hong Kong
- Vietnam for the fantasy scenes
The film grossed 7.8 million HK$
in Hong Kong.
It was nominated at the 18th Hong Kong Film Awards:
1999 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards: "Film of Merit"