Screening Ended: 48 Hours Only: My Heart is That Eternal Rose 殺手蝴蝶夢 (1989)

  • Drama, Action
  • 1h 30m

UK & Ireland Online Premiere

This screening is no longer available.

Part of a curated section, “Hong Kong, Reimagined”.

This screening is a tribute to Hong Kong’s legendary actor Ng Man-tat (1950 - 2021), who played a tremendous part and indeed unforgettable figure in Hong Kong cinema.


Rick (Kenny Bee) and Lap (Joey Wong) are star-crossed lovers whose initial romance is torn apart by the murder of a cop (Ng Man-Tat), involving both Rick and her father (Kwan Hoi-San). Years later, Rick and Lap meet once more, but circumstances have changed. Rick is now a suave hitman for hire, while Lap is the girlfriend of powerful crime boss Shen (Michael Chan). The years and distance have taken their toll on the lovers, but their passion still burns, drawing the two back together. Their treachery does not escape the notice of Shen, nor Shen’s right-hand man, played by Shaw Brothers legend Gordon Liu. Rick and Lap’s only ally may be Cheung (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), a mousy triad who carries his own torch for Lap. With few options left to the lovers, and with Shen in hot pursuit, the stage is set for a violent, blood-drenched finale.

Festivals & Awards

8th Hong Kong Film Awards

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor (Tony Leung)

Udine Far East Film Festival 2018

  • Special Presentation

Curator’s Dialectic

“60s was a difficult era where a generation worked hard to modernise Hong Kong, as we see in Echoes of the Rainbow. The 80s, was somehow wild - and that’s the Hong Kong I know. It was brutal, real but at the same time sexy. Where has that burning romance gone? Where is the love that requires blood, sweat and tears? Since when has our city become so cold and your heart is no longer that eternal rose?”

About Patrick Tam

Patrick Tam is currently Visiting Professor at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University.

A key figure in the Hong Kong New Wave cinema movement, Patrick Tam Kar-Ming (b. 1948) joined the film industry via broadcaster TVB, where he gained attention for his bold and experimental approaches. His first feature as director was the wuxia film The Sword in 1980, and he followed it with two other New Wave classics, Love Massacre and Nomad, over the next two years. After 1989’s My Heart Is That Eternal Rose, Tam stepped away from directing, opting instead to edit the work of other filmmakers including Wong Kar-wai and Jeff Lau and taking up teaching in Malaysia and Hong Kong. Tam returned to directing with the award-winning 2006 film After This Our Exile.


John Sham


Chan Koon-Chung


Tsang Kan-Cheung


Danny Chung


Christopher Doyle


Patrick Tam


Cantonese, English Subitltes


Hong Kong SAR, China


Mei Ah Entertainment

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