Wednesday, 22 October 2014

[Moview Review] THE GOLDEN ERA (黄金时代)

Clover Films releases THE GOLDEN ERA (黄金时代) on 16th Oct 2014!
Synopsis: Xiao Hong was born into a land-owning family in Manchuria. Her mother died when Xiao Hong was young and her estrangement from her tyrannical father sparked a long quest for an independent and emotionally satisfying life. She was rescued from destitution by hard-drinking fellow writer Xiao Jun, but their fraught and competitive relationship brought her more heartache than joy...
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Starring: Tang Wei, Feng Shao Feng

A chinese movie close to 3hrs of runtime is all worthwhile and if asked for a rating, i will give it a 4 out of 5 golden stars! 

Hong Kong director, Ann Hui's latest film, The Golden Era (黄金时代), uses a different approach through the use of personal accounts and writings of Xiao Hong (Tang Wei 汤唯), one of China's most famous essayist and novelist in the 1930s, reflecting the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the time period. 

The film started with Xiao Hong making her introduction directly to the camera. I still have vivid images of how she say out the dates of her birth and her death. Her looks and eyes were expressive. There are also some parts where characters will look into camera and talk about what is happening, almost like a documentary.

Its a film not just about chinese literature or history (though there are some political issues mentioned), it portrays a turbulent life Xiao Hong went through in a turbulent time since young till her early 30s. I can see her bravery and strong view point on what she believe in. Her love life was a mess before she met fellow writer Xiao Jun (Feng Shaofeng) and Duanmu Hong Liang (Zhu Yawen) who both have given her support during tough times.

The characters perform well and the scene is great. However, probably due to insufficient pieces of writings, there are certain parts left unclear or contain different versions. In which, the audience is free to choose what they want the story to be!