SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

台語片Taiyupian (Hoklo) film screening: 三鳳震武林Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters (1968)

Chris Berry (King's College London)

Date: 9 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 9 October 2017Time: 10:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Film

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Taiwan’s Lost Commercial Cinema: Recovered and Restored

SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies is pleased to host two taiyu (Hoklo) screenings in partnership with King's College London, the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan Film Institute as part of the "Taiwan’s Lost Commercial Cinema: Recovered and Restored" screening tour:

Phoenix Sisters 三鳳震武林 directed by Chen Hongmin 陳洪民(1968)
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In the prelude to this martial arts film, bandits kill a former sheriff and his wife. A servant carries their three little daughters to safety, but they grow up apart. Fifteen years later, each girl sets out to seek revenge. Eldest sister Xiufeng (Yang Lihua) disguises herself as a man, performing acts of chivalry as she seeks out the bandits. Along the way, she runs across her sisters, Qingfeng (Liu Qing) and Zhifeng (Jin Mei). They are entranced by the handsome stranger. Will Qingfeng and Zhifeng figure out he is in fact their sister, Xiufeng? Will the three “feng” girls phoenixes) find the bandits and avenge their parents?

Programme notes

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Prof Chris Berry is Professor of Film Studies at King’s College London, and his academic research is grounded in work on Chinese-language cinemas. Primary publications include: (with Mary Farquhar) Cinema and the National: China on Screen (Columbia University Press and Hong Kong University Press, 2006); Postsocialist Cinema in Post-Mao China: the Cultural Revolution after the Cultural Revolution (New York: Routledge, 2004); (co-edited with Luke Robinson) Chinese Film Festivals: Sites of Translation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017); (co-edited with Koichi Iwabuchi and Eva Tsai) Routledge Handbook of East Asian Popular Culture (Routledge, 2016); (edited with Nicola Liscutin and Jonathan D. Mackintosh), Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia: What a Difference a Region Makes (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009); and (co-edited with Feii Lu) Island on the Edge: Taiwan New Cinema and After (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2005).


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