Wed, Jul 04, 2001 - Page 11 News List

Rene Liu puts new spin on immigration

By Yu Sen-lun  /  STAFF REPORTER

A husband and wife have people other than each on their minds in Migratory Birds.


Taiwanese actress Rene Liu's (劉若英) latest film to screen in Taiwan is the romantic comedy Migratory Birds (候鳥), which has been produced in cooperation with Oscar-nominated scriptwriter Wang Hui-ling (王蕙玲) and producer Hsu Li-kong (徐立功). Advance tickets are already on sale, with the inclusion of a promotional gift -- a VCD of Liu, also a talented songstress, performing the theme song. Stock is limited, so Rene Liu fans are urged to get their tickets for Migratory Birds soon.

Another associated product is the movie soundtrack, now available on CD. The theme music was written and produced by local pop band Mayday (五月天). Some of the CDs include free tickets to the film.

Migratory Birds deals with the lives of Chinese immigrants living in Western cities, which has proved a recurring theme in contemporary Taiwan and Hong Kong films. Most of these films have focused on the often tragic lives and the feelings of homesickness felt by these members of the Chinese diaspora.

But on this occasion, first-time director Ding Yar-ming (丁亞民), who has made his name as a scriptwriter, presents a light and humorous look at how Taiwanese immigrants adjust to life in Vancouver, especially regarding the subjects of extra-marital affairs and sex.

Rene Liu has starred in numerous local box office success stories such as The Personals (徵婚啟事) and Fleeting by Night (夜奔). She has recently completed shooting on Double Vision (雙瞳), a big-budget production funded entirely by Columbia Asia Productions.

Liu plays a young housewife left alone with a two- year-old son in Vancouver. She is torn between two men -- her businessman husband who shuttles between Shanghai, Vancouver and Taipei, and a liberal-minded, laid-back Canadian man.

Actor Michael Teigen, who plays the role of Sean in the film, looks like a taller and slimmer Russell Crowe. He gives Liu's character a sweet memory when they dance hand in hand in the light of the beautiful sunset of Vancouver's port. Liu's husband is played by Huang Pin-yuan (黃品源) who is himself also a pop singer. His character, despite his hectic travel schedule, is not bored nor alone, meeting a girl from China on the plane from Vancouver to Shanghai.

Migratory Bird is another presentation of Hsu Li-kong and his Zoom Hunt International (縱橫國際影視), which gained recognition by producing Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (臥龍藏虎). In Migratory Birds, Hsu again cooperates with his old partner, Crouching Tiger scriptwriter Wang Hui-ling, who is now living in Vancouver.

Director Ding, the writer and director of famous TV dramas such as April Rhapsody (人間四月天), is also an immigrant to Vancouver. Together they present a funny and intriguing new immigration story based upon their own observations of life in Vancouver. Pre-release tickets are available online at url:

Film Notes

What: Migratory Birds (候鳥)

When: July 14

Where: Taipei: Majestic, Carnival, Scholar Theaters

Tainan: Yanping Theater

Kaohsiung: Cannes Theater

Other: English subtitled screenings will be shown at 9pm every night at Majestic Theater, Taipei

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