The Postmodern Life of My Aunt

The Postmodern Life of My Aunt is a 2006 Hong Kong film, directed by Ann Hui. It stars Siqin Gaowa as Ye Rutang and Chow Yun Fat as Pan Zhichang. The film also guest-stars Chinese actresses Zhao Wei and Lisa Lu.

Its executive producer was Yuan Mei; another producer was Er Yong. The film was based on a novel with the same title written by Yan Yan (燕燕), while the film's screenplay was by Li Qiang, a Chinese scriptwriter, who had written the script of the 2005 film Peacock, directed by Gu Changwei.


Ye Rutang, a single-living woman in her sixties, struggles to maintain a dignified life amid the dangers of Shanghai. She is pragmatic, frugal and self-reliant. But her old-fashioned ways and trusting nature are an ill fit with the increasingly impersonalized world. After being the victim of several con artists, she moves back to live with her husband and daughter in Anshan, Manchuria.


The Postmodern Life of My Aunt premiered at film festivals around the world; it was a special presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Cast and roles

Filming locations

The film is set and was filmed in Shanghai and in Anshan, Liaoning, Northeast China (note: Anshan is the birthplace of director Ann Hui). Filming locations in Shanghai include the overpass at Shaanxi and Yan'an roads, and the old houses on Julu Road. Filming in Anshan took place in the first days of 2006. The snow in Anshan was produced artificially.


  • 27th Hong Kong Film Awards (2008)
    • Won - Best Actress (Siqin Gaowa)
    • Won - Best Original Film Score (Joe Hisaishi)
    • Nominated - Best Director (Ann Hui)
    • Nominated - Best Supporting Actor (Chow Yun Fat)
    • Nominated - Best Supporting Actress (Zhao Wei)
    • Nominated - Best Screenplay (Li Qiang)
    • Nominated - Best Cinematography (Kwan Pun Leung and Yu Lik Wai)
    • Nominated - Best Costume Make Up Design (Ma Yu Tao)
  • 43rd Golden Horse Awards
    • Nominated - Best Actress (Siqin Gaowa)
    • Nominated - Best Supporting Actress (Vicki Zhao Wei)
    • Nominated - Best Adapted Screenplay (Li Qiang)
  • 2007 Golden Bauhinia Awards
    • Nominated - Best Director (Ann Hui)
    • Nominated - Best Screenplay (Qiang Li)
  • 2008 Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards
    • Won - Best Actress (Siqin Gaowa)
    • Won - Best Director (Ann Hui)
    • Won - Best Film

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