Reframe: Migratory Times

26th July 2019 — 28th July 2019
Friday — Sunday

Venue:

Oldham Theatre

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Description:

Migratory Times presents a series of Chinese language fictional films showing transitional times in Southeast and East Asia. The settings of the films span the Ming dynasty, the Sino-Japanese war and its aftermath, colonial and postcolonial modernity, revolution and resistance and martial law in Taiwan.

Links to purchase tickets 

傾城之戀 Love in a Fallen City (1984, dir. Ann Hui)
26 July, 8pm
Get tickets at https://loveinafallencity.peatix.com/

华侨血泪 Blood and Tears of the Overseas Chinese (1946, dir. Cai Wen-jin)
27 July, 1.30pm
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大輪迴 The Wheel of Life (1983, dir. King Hu, Lee Hsing & Pai Ching-jui)
27 July, 4pm
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香蕉天堂 Banana Paradise (1989, dir. Wang Tong)
27 July, 8pm
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小城之春 Spring in a Small Town (1948, dir. Fei Mu)
28 July, 5pm
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*BUNDLE PACKAGE*
3 tickets: $20 || 5 tickets: $30
(U.P. $10 per ticket)

The bundle ticket packages are available for purchase only at Oldham Theatre’s Box Office. Click here for opening hours.  Please note that this is promotion is separate from State of Motion 2019: A Fear of Monsters film screenings.  

Migratory Times: A Roundtable Discussion

Event details: 
Sunday, 28 July
2 – 4pm
Oldham Theatre
Free admission with registration: https://roundtable-migratorytimes.peatix.com/view

Against the broad strokes of political history, these films reveal the internal conflicts, melodrama and class divisions of migratory lives in exile and alienation. The films themselves are also made in critical times for cinema history with their own histories of loss, rebirth and restoration. As lives and desire collide with the forces of history in fictional frames, what can be revealed about the intersecting forces of production that condition how history can be affectively archived and re-activated in aesthetic works?

Curated by Dr Elizabeth Wijaya

颠沛流离的时代

《颠沛流离的时代》 展现了一系列记录东亚与东南亚历史转折的华语剧情电影。 五部电影的故事背景前后跨越数百年,涵盖了明朝、太平洋战争、 殖民以及后殖民时期的现代化经验,以及台湾戒严时期的生存状态。

不同于大笔勾勒历史现实的制作, 这些电影展现了移民在迁徙与流亡中的内心挣扎、 社会冲突与阶级分化。同时,这些电影诞生于电影史上的关键时期, 与电影艺术自身的衰落、修复与重生紧密相连。 在电影的虚构框架中,生活和欲望在历史洪流里互相碰撞。然而, 电影创作将如何影响我们理解艺术作品记录历史、感知历史、 回溯历史的方式?

策展人: 黄丽慧博士

 

Programme Lineup

傾城之戀 Love in a Fallen City (1984, dir. Ann Hui)
Restored Version

93 min | Hong Kong | Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles

Introduction and Post-screening discussion with 
Dr Chan Cheow-thia (Asst Prof, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore) &
Dr Elizabeth Wijaya (Asst Prof of East Asian Cinema, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto)

Adapted from a novella with the same title by Eileen Chang, Ann Hui sets the film in Shanghai and Hong Kong during the Sino Japanese war. Chow Yun-Fatt stars as Fan Liu-yuan, a charming Malayan businessman who falls in love with Ba Liusu, a scorned divorcee played by Cora Miao. The city’s fall to the Japanese interrupts the lovers’ lives in unexpected ways.

倾城之恋 (导演:许鞍华) 
改编自张爱玲的同名小说,讲述一场战争如何以意想不到的方式打断了一对恋人在上海和香港的生活。

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华侨血泪 Blood and Tears of the Overseas Chinese (1946, dir. Cai Wen-jin)
World Premiere | Restored Version

94 min | Singapore, Malaysia | Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

Introduction and Post-screening discussion with
Dr Shelly Chan (Assoc Prof of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison) &
Dr Elizabeth Wijaya (Asst Prof of East Asian Cinema, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto)

Centered on the wealthy Yang family during the Japanese Occupation, the film shows the wartime clash between colonials, collaborators, and resistance forces. Filled with intrigue, betrayal and sacrifice, the issues of class, ideologies behind the formation of the overseas Chinese as a diasporic community are explored.

Restored by the China Film Archive and subtitled by the Asian Film Archive, this immediate post-war local film is a historical document on the urban landscape of post-war Singapore and Malaya.

华侨血泪 (导演:蔡问津)
主要刻画日据时代富裕的杨氏家族,展演战争时期,日治政府、通敌者和反抗势力之间的拉锯与冲突。

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大輪迴 The Wheel of Life (1983, dir. King Hu, Lee Hsing & Pai Ching-jui)
Southeast Asian Premiere | Restored Version
104 min | Taiwan | Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

Introduction and Post-screening discussion with
Shih Chun 石隽 (Lead Actor of 大輪迴 The Wheel of Life) &
Dr Elizabeth Wijaya (Asst Prof of East Asian Cinema, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto)
Dr Hong Guo-Juin (Assoc Prof, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University)

This three-part film follows three actors entangled in a love triangle spanning three lifetimes. From King Hu’s wuxia story set in the Ming Dynasty, to Lee Hsing’s opera troupe melodrama in the early 20th century, and Pai’s forbidden romance between a modern dancer and a temple medium, we follow continuity, change and tragedy through the motif of Buddhist reincarnation.

大轮回  (导演:胡金铨、李行、白景瑞)
三段式电影。从古代、民初到80年代, 刻画两男一女轮回流转、跨越三生的情爱纠葛。

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香蕉天堂 Banana Paradise (1989, dir. Wang Tong)
Singapore Premiere | Restored Version
116 min | Taiwan | Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

Introduction and Post-screening discussion with
Dr Hong Guo-Juin (Assoc Prof, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University) &
Dr Elizabeth Wijaya (Asst Prof of East Asian Cinema, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto)

Tempted by tales of sweet bananas, a naïve young man follows the Kuomintang forces from China to Taiwan in 1949. He adopts false names and adjusts to life in Taiwan amidst turbulent socio-economic changes. Banana Paradise addresses the cruelties of martial law as a tragicomic melodrama, rural-urban migration, and the demands of modernisation. Director Wang Tong was a veteran in set design for directors including King Hu, Li Hsing and Pai Jing-jui before making his feature film debut in 1981. His works can be situated between the generational shift, combining sentimentality with socio-political critique.

香蕉天堂  (导演:王童)

1949年,一位天真的年轻人跟随国民党军队从中国去到台湾。在台湾动荡的社会经济变化中,他冒用他人的身份度过一生。

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小城之春 Spring in a Small Town (1948, dir. Fei Mu)
Restored Version
98 min | China | Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles

Introduction and Post-screening discussion with 
Dr Ma Shaoling (Asst Prof of Humanities (Literature), Yale-NUS College) &
Dr Elizabeth Wijaya (Asst Prof of East Asian Cinema, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto)

Set in a crumbling state in the aftermath of the Sino-Japanese war in 1946, Spring in a Small Town is a poetic exploration of the conflicting desires of Yuwen when a friend of her chronically ill husband visits. Cited as a formative influence by Wong Kar-wai and Stanley Kwan, the melancholic masterpiece is considered one of the greatest Chinese films ever made.

小城之春(导演:费穆)
发生在二战之后江南小镇的爱情故事。寂寞的周玉纹和长期生病的丈夫戴礼言过着沉闷的生活。礼言的同学章志忱的到访,唤起了他与玉纹的旧情, 三人的矛盾。

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Migratory Times: A Roundtable Discussion

Event details: 
Sunday, 28 July
2 – 4pm
Oldham Theatre
Free admission with registration: https://roundtable-migratorytimes.peatix.com/view

Migratory Times: A Roundtable Discussion brings together specialists in Chinese studies, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong cinema, Modern Chinese literature and Chinese migratory history with Shih Chun, a veteran actor in King Hu’s wuxia films, to discuss the themes of the series.

Moderator:

Elizabeth Wijaya
(Assistant Professor of East Asian Cinema, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto)

Speakers:

Chan Cheow-thia
(Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, National University of Singapore)

Ma Shaoling
(Assistant Professor of Humanities (Literature), Yale-NUS College)

Hong Guo-Juin
(Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University)

Shih Chun
Lead Actor in 大輪迴 The Wheel of Life (1983)

Shelly Chan
(Associate Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Translator for Shih Chun:

Jessica Tan
(Ph.D Candidate in Chinese Literature, Deparment of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University)