It is Stanley Kwan's seventh feature film, and he says that his previous two documentaries A Personal Memoir of Hong Kong and Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema had strong influences on making this film: "Both of them evolved from my thoughts on family background and upbringing, my career as a filmmaker, my sexual orientation and my identity as a Chinese man living in a British colony. The film was written for Hong Kong actress Chingmy Yau who plays two roles, a young executive and a worldly boutique owner."
Chingmy Yau as Ah Moon/Rosa Gao
Sunny Chan as Fung Wai
Eric Tsang as Tong
Lawrence Ko as A-che
Sandra Ng Kwan Yue as Video Dealer
Tony Rayns as Rosa's Friend
In 1998, Hold You Tight won the FIPRESCI Prize — Special Mention and Silver Screen Award for Best Actor at the Singapore International Film Festival, the Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Alfred Bauer Prize and Teddy Award at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival. The following year, it won the Award of the Pestalozzi Children's Village Foundation at the Fribourg International Film Festival and the Film of Merit award at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards.