The Second Woman

Synopsis: Hui Bao is an actress rehearsing for a performance in a theater play alongside her boyfriend Nan. Falling sick and being unable to perform in the play, her twin sister Hui Xiang replace her as an act of kindness. However, Hui Xiang performs outstandingly eventhough having no drama training. Hui Bao starts to suspect that her twin sister has a romantic interest in her boyfriend, and it drives a wedge between the them.
Director(s): Miu-Suet Lai
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
5.3
Year:
2012
102 min
98 Views


Yup. Bao is coming back for dinner tonight.

Is her hubby coming with her?

Hubby?

They aren't married yet.

Your younger sister should get married.

They've been going out for a long time.

Nan is a nice guy.

Quite a talent in drama, too.

Uncle tai, you didn't know his mother...

... was a very popular...

Cantonese opera actress?

Of course I didn't know

We mostly did old tunes. Like this one...

it's silent in the garden at midnight...

the night is tender and charming...

being in the countryside of Moscow.

Blessed is the lady who will be his wife..

Can you fish in this low tide?

There're only stones!

Not a chance.

I'll leave it to fate.

If the fish is willing, we'll be very happy.

I'm just doing this to kill time.

Your sister and nan are made for each other.

They both studied theatre.

Met each other immediately after graduation.

You're right. Bao is really lucky.

Sister Huiniang!

You mustn't be so obstinate...

a girl without true love cannot live long...

but being killed ruthlessly is...

... too much of a tragedy.

Huiniang, life is nothing but an illusion.

Please stay put for a while.

You must understand this is...

... the fate of us concubines.

Sister Huiniang!

Are you alright, nan?

Nothing.

Am)'

Honestly,

I was thinking of...

casting two actresses to play the roles.

The pressure would have been

too heavy for...

...one actress plus the two characters

have to appear in the same scene.

However, I think whoever is being casted...

the two roles must be played...

...by the same actress.

Pei falls for Zhaorong...

because she looks exactly...

...like Huiniang.

If the two roles were played...

... by two different actresses...

you won't get the same impact.

Bao!

Do you agree?

Yes, you're right, of course.

No question about it.

Nonetheless...

...my performance has

to be matched by others'.

Your lines were all wrong.

There's no rhythm

And emotion at all.

Jiangxian should be sympathetic...

...with Huiniang.

You'll ruin the performance of

your partners.

I'd say, as director, shouldn't you...

consider casting another

actress for Bao's role?

It's still early.

We have time to adjust that.

Bao, you must work harder.

You must listen...

...to Amys opinions.

I'm glad that everyone thinks...

... this is a good script.

Don't waste this opportunity. Try your best.

Thanks, director.

Thanks, Ms. Amy.

I'll work harder.

Daydreaming again?

Are we going to dry read?

Easy!

Stop thinking about rehearsals!

What else should I think about?

Me!

For me?

Have you forgotten?

It's your birthday!

It's unimaginable for such...

... a small potato like me...

...to be with you.

I'd say...

you are the best birthday present...

... from god to me.

I've got a flu.

You'll get infected.

Try this, Bao.

Do you find your sister's cookery...

... a bit too light?

Light?

Let me.

Not at all.

She makes the best food. Agreed?

Absolutely.

You simply won't find such...

... tasty spicy cuttlefish anywhere.

You may come more often and eat with us.

No way.

The chili's bad for him.

As you can see, he's still coughing.

Bao knows nan best.

These dishes are made for you

at mom's request.

Bao, aren't these your favorite dishes?

See, everyone tries to please you.

No way.

You're all poking fun at me.

Poking fun at you?

Put on the scarf.

It's a bit chilly here.

You have to protect your throat well.

Huixiang,

Aren't you bored by facing...

all this darkness everyday?

No.

Look,

There are ships passing,

and they've got lights.

Nonetheless, at times...

I find it scary. I just feel like...

being sucked by all this darkness.

As if nothing has ever existed.

Just kidding!

Nan said he'd like to take a walk.

At this hour?

It's kind of late.

It's the cat!

Don't be afraid.

I told you I didn't want to come.

I don't care about your crickets.

Do you want to stay at home with your mom?

Stop bantering with each other.

You should know very well...

...that Baos biggest fear...

is darkness.

Please, no rats.

Am I such a coward?

Really?

See who'll get the crickets first?

Where are you going?

A rat!

Look at yourself!

You were laughing at Bao.

Happy birthday.

It comes in a pair.

I bought it for the two of you.

You bought it primarily for her.

If that's what you think,

you may throw it away.

It's too dark here.

Much darker than the stage.

I think the opposite.

The stage is often very bright.

So bright that you can

never see the audience.

Yes.

This has an advantage.

At least you won't feel nervous.

It won't ruin your performance.

You don't have to care about...

... how others would look at you.

You seem to be freer on stage.

Won't mind how others think of you.

One can also choose one's favorite part...

to play when one's on stage...

and play it as one likes.

That'll be heaven.

You can't play the way you like on stage.

You have partners, and a director.

Not to mention the playwright.

It's not as simple as you'd think.

Right...

how's your play,

the legend of the plum blossom, going?

It's okay.

It's just...

Bao is in trouble.

The director is very demanding.

The female lead is fussy, too.

Can I go watch your rehearsals?

It's okay if the answer is no.

I don't mean that.

We're still at the beginning.

You may come later when we dress rehearse.

Did you find any cricket?

No.

Did you find any cricket?

Didn't see any. I'll look further.

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