Screening of The Life and Times of Wu Zhong Xian
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香港 | 2003 | 72 分鐘 | 粵語對白，中英文字幕
生於廣東南海，成長於澳門及香港，紐約社會研究新院大學獲哲學碩士，曾導演劇情片《浮世戀曲》(1991)、《錯愛》(1994)、《情色地圖》(2001) 及《紫荊》(2002)；紀錄片《北征》(1999)、《澳門二千》(2000)、《吳仲賢的故事》(2003)、《靈琴新韻》(2004)、《獨行琴》(2007)及《康有為二三事》(2013)等，先後在柏林、倫敦、鹿特丹、莫斯科、香港和台灣金馬獎等多個國際電影節展出及得獎。其中有關美國前衛音樂的英語記錄片《靈琴新韻》獲得西班牙音樂雜誌《Compact Disk》頒發「當代最佳音樂紀錄片獎」。他的紀錄劇情片《大同：康有為在瑞典》獲《南方都市報》頒發的首屆人文生活（2011）年度電影大獎。同年的香港《Time Out》雜誌把《浮世戀曲》列入一百部「最偉大的香港電影」名單。《浮世戀曲》曾獲金馬獎最佳女主角（陳令智）、最佳女配角（顧美華）獎，又於葡萄牙仙達電影節最佳女主角（陳令智）獎，並在新加坡電影節獲特別評審大獎。
陳耀成導演有關香港回歸的紀錄片《北征》(1999)被李怡譽為「傑作」，並於回歸一周年為 CNN 特別介紹。國內新進名導演應亮，於回歸十五周年第一次看到《北征》，深被觸動：「因在當下中國民主鬥爭艱難延續的情境中，這部片涉及並思考到了幾乎所有的問題。」
電影之外，陳耀成亦以中英文發表評論。他的評論集《最後之中國人》得2000 年香港文學雙年展的評論組最佳書藉獎。他為台灣麥田出版社編譯的兩本蘇珊‧桑塔格文集：《文選》及《旁觀他人的痛苦》連續獲台灣《聯合報》列為全年十大非小說好書之列。他以英語改編的張愛玲小說《赤地之戀》的舞台劇於 2000 年百老匯外圍的 Bank Street Theatre 公演。陳的英文評論發表於《後現代文化》，《電影國際》，和《Cinemaya》。 南伊利諾州大學教授東尼‧韋廉斯編輯的討論陳耀成電影的文集《愛慾、焦慮、流亡：陳耀成電影》將由香港大學出版社於2014 年出版。他應香港國際電影節委約創作劇本的歌劇《大同》將於2017年7月在倫敦開演。
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WU ZHONG XIAN
Hong Kong | 2003 | 72min | In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles
Who is Wu Zhong Xian? He was a pioneer of Hong Kong’s radical activism. He devoted his life to fighting against injustice of every sort, from anti-colonialism in the 1960s to Chinese Communist oppression in the 1980s. At various points in his life, he was a Marxist, a Trotskyite, an agitator for Chinese democracy, and even an entrepreneur. In a politically apathetic city like Hong Kong, Wu was perhaps doomed to fail. Later on in his life Wu worked briefly for Playboy, before starting his own ill-fated children’s magazine. He died of cancer in 1994, and his death marked the end of a turbulent yet ultimately unfulfilled life.
This film is based on the stage production of the same name written by Wu’s friend and comrade in arms, Mok Chiu-yu. The play was featured in Ann Hui’s political drama Ordinary Heroes. Deftly blending stage performance, reenactments and exceptional archival footage, as well as excerpts from former angry young man John Woo’s rarely seen short, DEADKNOT, the film is not only a visual delight but also an important record of an idealistic era. As Robin Munro, former director of Human Rights Watch (Hong Kong-China office) commented, “No one seeking to understand the historical origins and significance of the massive (anti-government) protests that took place in Hong Kong on July 1,2003 can afford to miss this fascinating film.
(Information cited from Asian People’s Theatre Festival Society)
Evans Chan was born in Guangdong and grew up in Macau and Hong Kong. He studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, obtaining a Master’s degree. He has directed the features TO LIVE(E) (1991), CROSSINGS (1994), THE MAP OF SEX AND LOVE (2001) and BAUHINIA (2002) as well as the documentaries JOURNEY TO BEIJING (1999), ADEUS MACAU (2000), THE LIFE AND TIMES OF WU ZHONG XIAN (2003), SORCERESS OF THE NEW PIANO – THE ARTISTRY OF MARGARET LENG TAN (2004), THE MAVERICK PIANO (2007) and TWO OR THREE THINGS ABOUT KANG YOUWEI (2013).
His work have won awards at film festivals in Berlin, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Hong Kong and Taiwan. SORCERESS OF THE NEW PIANO – THE ARTISTRY OF MARGARET LENG TAN was named Best Contemporary Music Film by Spain’s music magazine Compact Disk; DATONG: THE GREAT SOCIETY received the Best Film of the Year award, presented by the Southern Metropolitan Daily of China; and TO LIV(E) was listed as one of the 100 Greatest Hong Kong Films by Time Out Magazine in Hong Kong. TO LIV(E) was also conferred Best Actress (Lindzay Chan) and Best Supporting Actress (Josephine Koo) awards at Taiwan’s Golden Horse, as well as awards in Portugal and Singapore. His films are the subject of the critical anthology, Angst, Eros and Exile: The Cinema of Evans Chan, edited by Tony Williams and was published by Hong Kong University Press in 2014.
Chan is also a writer. His writings have been published in many Chinese and English publications. Two volumes of his translations of Susan Sontag’s work were listed as among the year’s Ten Best Non-Fiction Books by the Taiwan newspaper, United Daily. His English-language play, adapted from Chinese writer Eileen Chang’s novel Naked Earth, was staged at New York’s Bank Street Theater. He has also written the libretto of the opera Datong upon commission of the Hong Kong International Arts Festival, and the opera will open in London in July 2017.
(Information adapted from The Ultimate Guide to HK Film Directors)
*Evans Chan and Mok Chiu-yu will attend the screening.
- We may conduct camera, video and sound recording during the event for documentation purposes. Please let us know if you feel uncomfortable being recorded. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause. -