SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

台語片Taiyu (Hoklo) film screening: 危險的青春Dangerous Youth (1969)

Chris Berry (King's College London)

Date: 10 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 10 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:

Dangerous Youth 危險的青春 (1969) Directed by Xin Qi 辛奇
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(Shi Ying) is a deliveryman for a cosmetics company. He is a womaniser and dreams of making a quick buck. He meets a romantic 20-year-old girl, Qingmei (Zheng Xiaofen), who feels trapped by her mother’s small restaurant and is eager to escape. Kueiyuan earns a commission fee by introducing Qingmei to a cabaret, run by Yuchan (Gao Xingzhi). Qingmei falls in love with Kueiyuan and sleeps with him. However, under pressure from Kueiyuan and Yuchan, Qingmei agrees to become a mistress to an old millionaire. Meanwhile, Yuchan seduces Kueiyuan and controls him with money and sex. When Qingmei discovers that she is pregnant by Kueiyuan, the latter demands an abortion. Qingmei runs away and hides. When Kueiyuan proposes marriage to Yuchan and is rejected by her, he finally realises that he is in love with Qingmei and goes out to look for her.

Programme notes

Introduced by Prof. Chris Berry, KCL

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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).