First opportunity to see this new restoration from the China Film Archive, directed by one of pre-Communist China's most notable filmmakers and never before screened in the UK.
The popular Chinese film star Chen Yanyan plays Swallow – a young woman living unhappily with her bullying ‘adoptive father’. Next door are two brothers – bookish and sensitive Xiao Zheng and belligerent and unruly Xiao Yuan. The pair attempt a rescue of their beautiful neighbour but soon quarrel over her affections.
film clearly signals its moral messages about standing up for what is right and the perils of indifference but rises gloriously above this proselytising thanks to charming performances, striking set pieces and remarkably fresh camerawork.
Dir. Shi Dongshan | China| 1932 | N/C PG | Chinese intertitles with English surtitles | 1h 25m
With: Zheng Junli, Chen Yanyan, Yuan Congmei, Liu Jiqun
Performing live: Stephen Horne (piano, accordion, flute) & Frank Bockius (percussion)
Screening material courtesy of the China Film Archive
Supported by the Confucius Institute for Scotland and the University of Edinburgh
Note: if the event is shown as ‘sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.
If you like this try: Cuppa Talk - In Search of the Modern Marriage supported by the Confucius Institute and with Prof. Paul Pickowicz and our other international restorations The Treasure at 16:30 and Shiraz: A Romance of India on Sun 25 March.