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In The Name Of Love: The Film Of Evan Yang

In The Name Of Love: The Film Of Evan Yang

Evan Yang was a man of letters. He was raised on the classics of China but later studied Western literature and acquired a fondness for Hollywood films. He became well versed in the cultures of both East and West, first making a living as a writer and journalist and later as scriptwriter and lyricist. Then he became a director.

His early films are somber and melancholic, moods that resonate with the weariness of the post-war years. Later, he found a new voice in the modern city style at MP & GI, directing and writing a series of charming musicals and romantic comedies that embody the optimism of the 1950s. His capacity as a man of letters had equipped him well to keep pace with his times.

Yang's early training in Chinese classics also ingrained in him a yearning for idyllic romanticism. Always professional but never perfectionist, he was an artist of moments. He was in love with being in love and most of his memorable moments are those of a man and a woman engaging each other in the name of love. His films often suffer from loose structure and sloppy direction, yet their best moments are either so endearing or so touching that his better works can be profoundly affecting. Those moments also coalesce into a distinctive narrative voice. Evan Yang is not a master, nor is he a great film artist, but he is a filmmaker with a personal style, one of understated drama but stirring emotions.

 

Last Updated On :26-2-2009