Orphan Island Paradise
Dir / Scr: Cai Chusheng
Orig Story: Zhao Yingcai
Prod Co: The Grandland
Cast: Li Lili, Lee Ching, Jiang Ming, Li Jingbo, Hong Hong
1939 / B&W / DCP / Mandarin / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 107min
A prolific filmmaker in the 1930’s and 40’s, director Cai Chusheng produced several films that broke box office records in China before directing his first production for Hong Kong’s Grandland Company. Set in the orphaned land that is Shanghai during the Sino-Japanese War, this powerful drama depicts the struggles of the people living in this unique land, including a dance girl (Li Lili), traitors working with the Japanese, a group of patriotic underground workers and other characters from the grassroots. Going back and forth between the story of the dance girl and the planning of the uprising, Cai steadily builds the dramatic tension until its explosive finale.
Screening Courtesy of the China Film Archive
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* Post-screening talk with Grace Ng
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