A Light Never Goes Out
2022 / Hong Kong / 103 minutes / dir. Anastasia Tsang
Middle-aged widow Mei Heung (starring Sylvia Chang) has gone through countless sleepless nights since the death of her husband, Bill (starring Simon Yam). One day, she finds a key among the items that Bill left behind, leading her to his secret neon workshop and meet the young apprentice, Leo (starring Henick Chou). She learns from Leo that Bill had an unfulfilled last wish: to recreate a demolished legendary neon sign. With Leo’s help, Mei Heung tries to uncover the story behind the sign and learns the craft of blowing neon lights in hopes of fulfilling her deceased husband's last wish with her own hands. Along the way, Mei Heung reminisces about her beautiful encounters with Bill and unearths pieces of Bill's past as if they are the last consolation left by him. Meanwhile, Mei Heung’s daughter, Prism (starring Cecilia Choi), plans to leave Hong Kong with her fiancé, but she is unable to break the news to Mei Heung.
As clues of the legendary neon sign gradually emerge, the secrets that Mei Heung couldn't face are about to be revealed.
Anastasia Tsang graduated from the Film Department of Sorbonne University. Tsang is a writer-director with her first short film “Mariage sans Frontières” (2011), which explores transgender issues, and participated in Cannes Short Film Corner and won Best Short Film at the Seattle Translation Short Film Festival. Her surreal short film “Marryland” (2015) also screened at the Udine Far East Film Festival. She recently co-directed a TV series “Till Death Do Us Part” (2018), which portrays complexities of married life.