Dear Movie Lovers,
We will continue our CPCH film salon next Wednesday (11/4) with Good Men, Good Women 《好男好女》by Taiwan-based director HOU Hsiao-Hsien. In this series, we will show movies from Hong Kong and Taiwan featuring social struggles in both regions during the 1990s and 2000s. Please refer to the following for details of our first screening:
Good Men, Good Women《好男好女》
Date: 11 April 2018 (Wed)
Time: 18:15 – 21:00
Language: (film) In Mandarin, Taiwanese, Cantonese, and Japanese with English subtitles.; (post-screening discussion) Bilingual – Chinese & English
Hou’s multi-layered masterpiece is the third film (after A City of Sadness and The Puppetmaster) in his remarkable trilogy of historical epics. Annie Shizuka Inoh (Annie Yi) plays Liang, an actress preparing for the lead role in a film about Chiang Bi-Yu, a heroine of the anti-Japanese resistance of the 1940s who was imprisoned as a subversive in the 1950s during the repressive “White Terror,” Taiwan’s version of the red scare (and a once-taboo subject). Liang receives an unwelcome reminder of her own troubled past when someone starts faxing her pages from her old diary. Hou’s bold film operates in three tenses: Liang’s present, her remembered past (rendered in vivid, vibrant colour), and her mind’s-eye imaginings of the film she is about to make (shot in rich black-and-white). In Mandarin, Taiwanese, Cantonese, and Japanese with English subtitles.
About the director
Of the ten films that HOU Hsiao-Hsien directed between 1980 and 1989, seven received best film or best director awards from prestigious international films festivals in Venice, Berlin, Hawaii, and the Festival of the Three Continents in Nantes. In a 1988 worldwide critics’ poll, Hou was championed as “one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema.”
Full Schedule of Film Salon on Social Struggles in Hong Kong & Taiwan
- 11/4 (Wed, D1-LP-06) Good Men, Good Women《好男好女》(dir. HOU Hsiao-Hsien 侯孝賢, 1995)
- 16/4 (Mon, D1-LP-03) The Rice Bomber《白米炸彈客》(dir. CHOI Li卓立, 2014)
- 18/4 (Wed, D1-LP-03) From the Queen to the Chief Executive 《等候董建華發落》(dir. Herman YAU邱禮濤, 2010)
- 25/4 (Wed, D1-LP-03) Ordinary Heroes《千言萬語》(dir. Ann HUI許鞍華, 1999)
No registration required and we look forward to seeing you at the salon soon. All sessions are intended for purposes of giving or receiving instruction through film analysis and commentary among students and teachers.