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'Jade Love' to be screened in full at Taipei festival

2012/06/20 12:28:25

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) The previously censored Taiwanese film "Jade Love" will be screened in its entirety for the first time in Taiwan at this year's Taipei Film Festival, as the country celebrates the 30th anniversary of its New Wave cinema movement.

The 1984 film tells the story of a young widow Yu-chin who kills her lover after discovering that he has cheated on her with an actress. The story is told from the perspective of the young master in a rich family that Yu-chin works for as a nanny.

Yang Hui-shan won a best actress award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival in 1984 for her role as Yu-chin. In Taiwan's Golden Horse Awards the same year, the movie gained two nominations for best feature film and best director.

However, a scene in the film was edited out by the Government Information Office (GIO), which was in charge of such matters at the time. The GIO, now dissolved, said the scene in which the young master sees Yu-chin and her lover having sex was "damaging to the image of Chinese women."

The film, which was adapted from a novel by renowned Taiwanese writer Pai Hsien-yung, has been screened in its entirety only at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.

Now, however, the Ministry of Culture's Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development said organizers of the festival sent the film for review this month, and a bureau committee decided last week to allow it to be screened in its entirety at the festival.

The movie will be rated Parental Guidance, meaning that children under 12 will not be allowed to watch it.

Meanwhile, in recognition of director Chang Yi's contribution to Taiwan's New Wave cinema movement, he has been selected as "Director in Focus" at this year's festival and "Jade Love" will be screened on July 7, along with three of his other films.

Chang was one of the founding members of the New Wave cinema movement, which is characterized by realistic and sympathetic portrayals of Taiwanese life, in contrast to the kung-fu action movies and melodramas of earlier decades.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the era, one of the two closing films of the festival will be "In Our Time," a 1982 Taiwanese production believed to have ushered in the New Wave era.

The film depicts changes in Taiwanese society from the 1950s to the 1980s. It comprises four short segments directed separately by Chang, Edward Yang, Ko Yi-cheng and Jim Tao.

Moreover, as part of the festival, a forum will be held July 7-8 for Taiwanese filmmakers of different generations to discuss New Wave cinema topics.

The Taipei Film Festival, now in its 14th year, will run from June 29 to July 21.

(By Christie Chen)