When director and scriptwriter Judy Chu sent the veteran actress Kara Wai Ying-hung the script for Sunshine of My Life, she received a “yes” almost immediately.
“Madam Hung [as Wai is widely known] asked me how many years I had been working on the research,” Chu recalls. “I answered: more than 30 years—it is my life.”
“I hope that through this film, more people will know that there are actually inspirational, persevering, and positive people in Hong Kong society,” says Wai, who plays Chu’s mother Kam Siu Hung in the film, in a press statement.
The Hong Kong film—which opens in cinemas today (September 15)—is based on the first-time director Chu’s childhood. She was raised by blind parents, who overcame the challenges presented by their visual impairment—and the social prejudice it came with—to provide their sighted daughter with a loving home.