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Our Neighbors (Taiwan, 1963) & Home Sweet Home (Taiwan, 1970)
February 23, 2014 @ 7:00 PM$10
Restored by Chinese Taipei Film Archive.
Our Neighbors (Taiwan, 1963)
Directed by Lee Hsing
An orphaned girl in a poverty-stricken neighborhood is adopted by a kindly neighbor. He struggles to support her honestly, despite opportunities to participate in a neighbor’s scurrilous get-rich-quick schemes. Invoking the pain of Chinese exiles living in Taiwan, or missing relatives still in China, the touching film posits an in-between historical period during which it is crucial for displaced residents to maintain virtue as a bedrock of identity.
Screenwriter: Yao Feng-pang. Cinematographer: Lai Cheng-ying. Editor: Chang Yung-chia. Cast: Ho Yu-hua, Lei Ming, Li Kuan-chang, Li Yu-chen, Lo Wan-lin.
HDCAM, b/w, in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles, 90 min.
Home Sweet Home (Taiwan, 1970)
Directed by Pai Ching-jui
Going abroad has its own allures. But what happens when people come back home? This rediscovered classic combines an all-star ensemble cast, colorful clashes of rural nostalgia and sixties pop style, and film techniques that director Pai Ching-jui himself learned while studying filmmaking in Italy.
Producer: Henry Kung. Screenwriter: Chang Yung-hsiang, based on a story by Meng Yao. Cinematographer: Lin Tsan-ting. Editor: Wang Jin-chen. Cast: Chang Hsiao-yen, Chen Kuo Chun, Chen Hui Mei, Li Chang, Chu Bo-lin.
HDCAM, color, 108 min.