My Prince Edward (2019) Review
Showing at the Focus Hong Kong Festival, My Prince Edward is the directorial debut of Norris Wong and follows a woman's journey as she questions society’s view of marriage.
Also written by Wong, My Prince Edward focuses on a thirty-something woman named Fong (Stephy Tang). She works with her boyfriend Edward (Pak Hon Chu) in a wedding boutique near a working-class area called Prince Edward. The two have been dating for several years but Fong eventually begins to question their future together.
After Edward asks her to marry him with an extravagant proposal, she begins to ponder her feelings on wedlock and if she even needs her own Prince Edward. To make matters worse, a fake marriage in her past begins to creep up on her and cause even more problems. Fong must decide what she wants in her life and how she will go forward in her relationships.
This film will make you reflect on moments in your own life
It’s incredible how the director anchors the story in a way that questions the tradition of marriage and society's expectations; how sometimes people think that marriage is an essential silver bullet that’ll fix everything rather than getting married for the right reasons.
Throughout the film, Fong is pushed out of her comfort zone and constantly put in situations that she doesn’t want to be in. She isn’t truly happy or free in her life. It shows that the world isn’t as cut and dry as people think. Amazingly, it’ll make you reflect on moments in your own life - both the awkward and endearing times.
My Prince Edward takes a look at Hong Kong society in general with a focus on friendships in the workplace. The sad reality that many do not have a social life outside of the office because of the pressure put on them by society. Many romantic relationships form out of convenience rather than love.
Tang’s performance as Fong is hard to watch but she plays it with the utmost dignity. Your heart will bleed for her and you’ll just want her to be happy. She’s desperately trying to appeal to everyone and never thinks about herself. The transition throughout the film is refreshing to watch. Honestly, she’s the clear stand out in a film full of outstanding performances.
The rest of the cast portray different sides of Hong Kong society and do it tastefully well. Edward shows the traditional side that is pushed upon young people, while her first husband Yang Shuwei, played by Jin Kai-jie, shows the more modern side.
My Prince Edward sounds like an enchanting love story - but it’s the opposite
He is from the mainland and treated as an immigrant but shows a more free approach to life. Both have important roles to help Fong decide on what she really wants. They play their roles beautifully and mix together to tell a much needed story.
My Prince Edward sounds like an enchanting love story - but it’s the opposite. It shows the stigma of unmarried women, sham marriages and the tensions between Hong Kong locals and Mainland China immigrants.
The ending is left to interpretation and may leave you feeling melancholic. Wong’s film will delight and scar you - it’s definitely a film you’ll regret missing.