Tong Chee Yi Li Nan
Dir: Chiu Kang-chien
Scrs: Chiu Kang-chien, Chun Tin-nam
Cast: Pat Ha, Chang Kuo-chu, Yang Fan, Niu Chen-zer
1985 / Colour / D Beta / Chi & Eng subtitles / 99min
Riding on the popularity of An Amorous Woman of the Tang Dynasty, this ‘sequel’ written and directed by Chiu Kangchien surprised producers and audience alike. The subject was still romance and eroticism, but instead of displaying the curves of Ha, the film showed beautiful young men, gay love, even fetishism and necrophilia, as well as the institutions, artefacts and customs of the Tang dynasty. The film featured a combination of the ancient and the modern in its concept, setting and character styling. The young men are portrayed as wild and rebellious, while the era is presented with a righteousness and a richness of culture that puts modern times to shame. Much meticulous thought went into the stylized characterisation and theatrical mise-enscene. Although the art installations and use of Buddhist scriptures seem to lack sophistication, Chiu’s quirky creativity is evident throughout. The film’s production was plagued with mishaps but that clearly did not dilute Chiu’s poetic outlook.
Screening courtesy of Taipei Film Archive
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
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