February 5th, 6:30PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)
Chinese opera films continue to be virtually unknown in the west, while many are simply filmed versions of opera performances there are many epic opera films made with high production values and originality. There are more then thirty varieties of Chinese opera, but once opera form stands apart in terms of the quality of its representation on film.
Lady General Hua Mu-Lan was directed by Yueh Feng who is known for directed several Huangmei classics such as The Lotus Lamp(1965) and The Three Smiles(1969). The films star playing the tittle character is Ivy Ling Po, along with Linda Lin Dai she is considered one of the two great actresses of the Huangmei opera film.
The story of this film is based upon the classic Chinese poem of Mulan. This particular story is now widely known about in the west because of the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan. Because of this, the film is a perfect jumping off place for someone to be exposed to Huangmei opera, since most opera films are based upon events from classical legends and novels few of which would be known widely in the west.
Hong Kong, Director Yueh Feng, Cast Ivy Ling Po, Chian Han, Yang Chi-ching and Chen Yen-yen, 99 minutes, in Mandarin with English subtittles.