The Second Woman (2012)
A seaside village, Guangdong province, China, the present day. Actor-writer Fang Yi’nan (Shawn Yue) and actress Lin Huibao (Shu Qi) have been together since they met after graduating at drama college, though Huibao’s elder identical twin sister Huixiang (Shu Qi) is also in love with him. Huibao has the secondary female role in a costume musical drama that Yi’nan has written, starring himself and older actress Amy (Chen Shu), called The Legend of Plum Blossom . The stage play is about a scholar, Peilang, and the two women who love him – Huiniang, who died three years ago, and Lu Zhaorong. At a performance in Beijing, Huixiang takes over Huibao’s part for one night when the latter feels ill, and, though only an amateur, is a great success. Back home, where the sisters live with their blind mother (Xi Meijuan), Yi’nan finally decides to get engaged to Huibao. Huixiang suddenly disappears and no one can trace her. Meanwhile, Amy, who’s always been unhappy with Huibao’s clumsy acting, threatens to quit the play, and is then hospitalised for a week after an accident during rehearsals caused by Huibao. Huibao thus gets a crack at the lead role. In the meantime, Yi’nan’s best friend KK (Zhang Naitian) offers to help track down Huixiang in his spare time, and starts to suspect that Huixiang has actually taken Huibao’s place.