WORLD PREMIERE Saturday and Sunday, March 25th & 26th 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM @ Claudia Cassidy Theater at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street)
GODDESSES IN TAIWAN CINEMA - 1
Directed by award-winning directors: Chang Ying, Li Hsing, Chan Hung-lit, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ko I-chen, Yee Chih-yen.
Film Source: Taiwan Cinema Toolkit
Free screening (shown @ 10:30 AM; 12:30 PM and 2:30 PM daily. Each film shown once only).
Synopsis: “Goddesses in Taiwan Cinema” is a digitally restored retrospective of six (6) titles starring legendary leading Taiwanese actresses, Pai Hong, Zhen Zhen, Brigitte Lin, Feng Fei-fei, Su Hui-lun & Kuai Lun-mei during the 1960's through the early 21st century. Co-presented with Taiwan Cinema Toolkit and Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, featured films include: The Best Secret Agent (Secret Agent Heaven No. 1), The Young Ones, Cloud of Romance, Cheerful Wind, Blue Moon, and Blue Gate Crossing.
We thank Taiwan Cinema Toolkit, Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Affairs, White Hall Hotel and BMO Harris Bank for their support in making GODDESSES IN TAIWAN CINEMA free and open to the public.
For full Director's Bio on each of the following films, please click the following link: http://www.asianpopupcinema.org/season-iv-directors-bios
Day 1 - March 25th:
10:30 AM THE BEST SECRET AGENT (SECRET AGENT HEAVEN NO. 1) (天字第一号)
1964 | 102 min. | B&W
Directed by Chang Ying
Starring Bai Hong
Synopsis: During the Sino-Japanese War, Tsui-Ying flees with her father from the Japanese occupation. She meets a young man, Ling-Yun, and falls in love. However, Tsui-Ying chooses to leave Ling-Yun and marries a traitor who serves the Japanese. Out of heartbreak, Ling-Yun leaves the country to study abroad. In the meantime, “Special Agent 001” leads the sabotage against the Japanese. After Ling-Yun returns to Shanghai, he is surprised to find out his ex-lover has become the wife of his uncle Chao-Chun. As a result the family struggles with love and patriotism. Meanwhile, Special Agent 001 continues the sabotage and the identity of the agent is finally revealed.
The first Taiwanese-language spy film produced in Taiwan, The Best Secret Agent is a remake of the 1945 movie of the same name that caused a sensation in Shanghai. Fueled by a dog-eat-dog plot and the changing faces of the “female spy” protagonist, the film has been likened to a Taiwanese version of the 007 movies. The film broke box office records in Taiwan and kick-started the popularity of Taiwanese-language spy movies for years to come.
12:30 PM The Young Ones (彩雲飛)
1973 ∣ 110min ∣ Colour
Directed by Li Hsing
Starring Zhen Zhen
Synopsis: Meng Yun-Lao, a college student originally from Hong Kong, stays at a family friend’s house and falls in love with their daughter, Hai-Ni. Hai-Ni is born with a serious heart defect. When she is notified that Yun-Lao is heading back to Hong Kong, she suffers depression and dies. Yun-lao leads his life in despair until he meets a pop singer Hsiao-Mei, who looks exactly like Hai-Ni.
By directing Four Loves (1970) and The Silent Wife (1965), Li was the first person in the 1960s to launch Chiung-Yao’s novels onto the big screen. In the 70's he started the second wave of the Chiung-Yao film craze with The Young Ones. The Young Ones was a key critical movie that served as a link between the past and the future, and enjoys a special status in the series of Chiung-Yao movies. It is also a representative work of the actress Zhen Zhen, who was given an Honorary Award in the 50th Golden Horse Film Festival.
2:30 PM Cloud of Romance (我是一片雲)
1976 ∣ 97min ∣ Colour
Directed by Chan Hung-Lit
Starring Brigitte Lin
Synopsis: Tuan Wan-Lu is a naïve and carefree young woman raised in the family of a professor and doted on by her protective older brother and childhood friend Ku You-Lan. Though Wan-Lu is deeply attracted to Meng-Chiao, their romance is thwarted by the taunts of Meng-Chiao’s mother. At the same time, she discovers she is actually the bastard daughter of a dance girl. In the face of this double blow, she decides to marry You-Lan, the one who has always been there for her. Caught between Meng-Chiao’s persistent wooing and her own wavering heart, how will Wan-Lu will find her way out?
Adapted from the Chiung-Yao novel of the same name, Cloud of Romance is one of the most representative love story films of the 1970's and remains an unforgettable memory for many movie fans of that generation.
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