Shu-Fang Chen

  • Nuanxing Zhang – Yun Nan qiu shi AKA The Story of Yunnan (1994)

    Drama1991-2000ChinaNuanxing Zhang

    After the victory of the War of Resistance Against Japan, the Japanese woman Shuzi committed suicide but was rescued by Kasha, a young Hani army officer, and returned to his hometown in Yunnan with him. Unexpectedly, Ka, who had just arrived home, died of a relapse of an old illness. In order to protect Shuzi from being discriminated by his tribe, Jialuo, the younger brother of Cansha, took good care of Shuzi. Gradually, the two of them developed love, and they married Canluo according to the custom inherited by the local brother, and gave birth to children. Female. As the years passed, Shuzi’s desire for his homeland deepened. On the one hand is the homeland after more than 50 years away, on the other hand is to let go of constant feelings, how should Shuzi decide…Read More »

  • Nien-Jen Wu – Duo sang AKA A Borrowed Life (1994)

    1991-2000DramaNien-Jen WuTaiwan

    Director Wu Nien-Jen’s autobiographical portrait of his father and the family conflict that develops around him, set against the background of dramatic political change in Taiwan.

    Sega, a coal-miner who grew up in the years of Japanese colonial rule over Taiwan, is more strongly attracted to Japanese identity and culture than to the Mainland Chinese model imposed after the Kuomintang takeover in 1945. His son Wen-Jian on the other hand, typically for his generation, has a natural allegiance to Chinese culture. He is baffled by and impatient with his father’s fondness for the Japanese, a bafflement intensified by the harshly negative portrayal of Japanese imperialist ambitions and wartime atrocities he is exposed to at school.Read More »

  • Hsiao-Hsien Hou – Lian lian feng chen aka Dust in the wind (1986)

    1981-1990DramaHsiao-hsien HouRomanceTaiwan

    Dust in the Wind is a remarkable film, and one which will, no doubt, reward multiple viewings. Like most of the films of Hou Hsiao Hsien, viewers will be divided into two, sharply opposed camps.

    The main characters in the film are two high-school students. The first is Wan, who – seeing his village as a dead-end career-wise, decides to leave their home town to go to Taipei to find work, intending to complete his education via night-school. His girlfriend Huen also leaves for Taipei after graduation. The other personages are family members, employers, friends and co-workers.Read More »

  • Hsiao-Hsien Hou – Ni luo he nu er AKA Daughter of the Nile (1987)

    1981-1990CrimeDramaHsiao-hsien HouTaiwan


    The eldest daughter of a broken and troubled family works to keep the family together and look after her younger siblings, who are slipping into a life of crime.Read More »

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