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Film archive exhibit offers rare glimpses of different Taiwan

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

People interested in seeing rare images of Taiwan in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s can visit the exhibition of director Lee Hsing’s (李行) films at the Chinese Taipei Film Archive (CTFA) beginning next month.

The 80-year-old Lee directed many award-winning films between the 1950s and 1980s, including Oyster Girl (蚵女), Beautiful Duckling (養鴨人家), He Never Gives Up (汪洋中的一條船), The Story of a Small Town (小城故事), Good Morning Taipei (早安台北) and The Heroic Pioneers (唐山過台灣).

The last three films helped Lee win the Golden Horse Award for Best Feature Film in 1978, 1979 and 1980, setting a record.

Aside from Chinese-­language films, Lee, who was born in Shanghai, also directed ­Taiwan­ese-language (also known as Hoklo) films, the most famous being Brother Wang and Brother Liu on the Road in Taiwan (王哥柳哥遊台灣), in 1958.

The CTFA held a similar exhibition when Lee turned 70. This year, films starring Lee — such as No Woman’s Land (沒有女人的地方) — will be shown.

The CTFA showed clips at a press conference last week.

“I was a lousy actor. I was a skinny young actor, but for some reason I was often assigned to play roles where the character was a lot older than I actually was,” Lee said.

“No Woman’s Land eventually became ‘No Audience Land,’” he said, adding that he knew what it feels like to be in a movie that tanks at the box office.

Lee said his films recorded the changes in Taiwan over the decades, which inadvertently turned his work into historical documents.

A total of 51 films directed or produced by Lee will be on display at CTFA between July 16 and Sept. 3. Some of the more popular ones will be shown at the Taipei Film House between July 10 and July 14.

Additional information is available at (02) 2511-7786 and 2392-4243.

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