The Eternal Love
Dir / Scr: Zhu Shilin
Orig Story: Puxian Opera After the Reunion
Prod Co: Great Wall
Cast: Fu Che, Hsia Moon, Kung Chiu-hsia
1960 / Colour / D Beta / Mandarin / Chi & Eng subtitles / 90min
Zhu Shilin has always shown great interest in changes that affect a traditional family unit, approaching the subject with great objectivity and a progressive perspective. He shows that same sensitivity in his 1960 masterpiece, based on a Puxian Opera. The film starts on a light note, showing a family celebrating several joyous events. However, the story ends with a series of tragedies that include suicides and even murder. Zhu doesn’t take the easy path of creating clear-cut villains, instead showing the injustices and other unfortunate circumstances that can shatter a family. Zhu’s attentiveness to mise-en-scene can be seen in a married couple’s use of candles – from the red candles in their wedding chamber to the white candles used at a funeral.
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Post-screening talk with Jack Ng
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