Hong Kong Film Archive Restored Treasures
Fei Mu’s Confucius
Director & Scriptwriter: Fei Mu
Co-producers: Jin Xinmin, Tong Lian
Main Cast: Tang Huaiqiu, Zhang Yi, Sima Yingcai, Pei Chong, Xu Li
Unlike the common perception today of Confucius as a hallowed hero, the title character in director Fei Mu’s Confucius(1940) is portrayed as a “stray dog” – from his failure to influence the politics of his own state, to his futile quest to propagate humanity across the land. Confucius is a meditation on integrity and morality through a man of extraordinary virtue – in a time of Chinese history when there were no morals at all.
Fei Mu masterfully combines the arts of theatre and film in creating a pared-down aesthetic rarely found in Chinese historical dramas. This seminal piece in Chinese cinema, considered lost for over 50 years, finally sees the light again after being found and restored by the Hong Kong Film Archive.
Video interviews with actress Wei Wei, classical singer Barbara Fei, translation scholar Serena Jin, film researchers Wong Ain-ling and Sam Ho, film restoration experts Edward Tse, Koven Lo and Davide Pozzi.
Plus an eight-page booklet and four postcards.
Format: B&W, NTSC
Language: Mandarin (Mono)
Subtitle: Traditional Chinese/Simplified Chinese/English
Region: Region 3
Aspect Ratio: 1:1.18
Number of discs: 1 (DVD-9)
Running Time：97 mins
DVD Release Date: December 2012