Past Meetup

Eileen Chang / 張愛玲 Film Series - Rouge of the North / 怨女

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Ezra's Ln · Central

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The life and work of Eileen Chang have come down to us now as the stuff of legend. From her meteoric rise in late Republican Shanghai to her lonely death in Los Angeles, Chang’s life and work remain captivating.
Those of you who’ve attended our Tuesday evening film screenings may have heard me talk about hosting an Eileen Chang series for some time. I have to admit that it’s been a struggle. It’s ironic, really because It turns out that Hong Kong filmmakers are enamored with her work. Perhaps it's her pitch-perfect atmospheric descriptions or her sophisticated take on divided loyalties that have inspired these filmmakers to make movies based on her books. There are also several films that she made as a screenwriter both in Shanghai and in Hong Kong that deserves our attention. I’ve been working hard to present something that does her work justice which is why this series will also be part of a larger group of events that will include walks and other happenings.

Title: Rouge of the North (En) / 怨女 (Zh)
Year: 1988
Director: Fred Tan / Tan Hon-Cheung / 但漢章
Starring: Pat Ha / 夏文汐 et al.
Based on Chang’s Book: Rouge of the North
Length: 107 minutes

"Rouge of the North" was written and directed by Fred Tan / 但漢章 and is a faithful telling of Eileen Chang’s novel of the same title. The book is itself a retelling of Chang’s earlier novel “The Golden Cangue” / 金鎖記 published in 1943. Rouge, unlike The "Golden Cangue”, was originally written in English by Chang as a way to break into the English Language market after arriving in the United States.

The film is a kind of domestic horror film. The protagonist Yundi (played by Pat Ha / 夏文汐) transforms from victim to perpetrator in a powerful domestic family drama. The moment when the groom emerges from his marital palanquin is still breathtaking after several viewings. The despair on Yundi’s face is played beautifully by Ms. Ha.

Why not spend a friendly evening with us after work to and watch this amazing film.

Up next... "Red Rose White Rose / 紅玫瑰白玫瑰" by Stanley Kwan starring Joan Chen / 陳冲, Winston Chao / 趙文瑄, and Veronica Yip / 叶玉卿.