Dir: Wen Yimin
Pho: Lincoln Yao
Cast: Van Shih Bong, Wang Chuqin, Zhu Shaoquan, Zhao Taishan
1929 / B&W / DCP / Silent / Chi & Eng Intertitles / 100min
Live music accompaniment: Kung Chi-shing and Shane Aspegren
In the chaos of war, a young girl is nearly assaulted by an evil general. However, a quirky old warrior saves her in the nick of time. Aspiring to do good and get revenge on the general, the girl becomes the old man's disciple. Red Heroine starts off as a typical martial arts heroine origin story, but director Wen Yimin inserts a digressive romantic subplot and fills the film with splendid, but oddly suggestive imageries that stretch the limits of what is usually allowed in silent film from the 1920's. As the ordinary small town girl who transforms into a martial arts heroine, Van Shih Bong gives a commanding performance that shows off her star power. To enhance the look of the Red Heroine, Van even request the film reels be dyed in red – a daring attempt at color in the black-and-white era. Featuring the digitally restored version.
Screening Courtesy of the China Film Archive
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
Double bill with Labor’s Love
Post-screening talk with May Ng
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