Since its birth, cinema has been intertwined with literature. While it rivals literature for artistic merit and entertainment, cinema counts on litera... (Read more)
Since its birth, cinema has been intertwined with literature. While it rivals literature for artistic merit and entertainment, cinema counts on literature for its stories and appealing narratives. Nowadays, literary adaptations have become a common and well-received form of filmmaking.
Despite being in Taiwanese, the film The Bride Who Has Returned from Hell (1965) took its inspiration not from a local story, but rather from the English romance Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt, adapting its characters, language, and setting for local audiences. Combining melodrama and gothic romance, The Bride Who Has Returned from Hell exemplified how Taiwanese dialect films of the time strove to discover fresh topics and innovative elements. The Bride Who Has Returned from Hell is also enchanting in its complex characters, unconventional plots, and eerie style, as well as for its particularly standout female characters.
Women have always been a crucial element of Taiwan literature and its readership. Their importance led to a boom in the popularity of Qiong Yao’s romances in the 1970s. Where the Seagull Flies (1974) is typical of such romances: the two bourgeois leading characters hate each other in the first place, but they wind up with coming together after a series of arguments, fights, misunderstandings, and separations.
The flourishing Taiwan New Cinema of the 1980s was at the forefront of building on the social criticism and Taiwanization of Taiwan nativist literature in 1970s. The Sandwich Man (1983) was a pioneer of the Taiwan New Cinema movement. All three segments of this omnibus film were adapted from novellas by Huang Chun-Ming, an important writer of Taiwan nativist literature. Rich in humanistic concern and realistic depictions of the land, The Sandwich Man both reflects and examines Taiwan’s progress and the aftermath of modernization, industrialization, and urbanization in the early 1980s. In a similar vein, Kuei-Mei, a Woman (1985) portrays the political-economic history between the 1960s and the 1980s, the period when Taiwan gradually transformed from an agricultural industry into a modern industrial society, through the metaphor of a woman, her body, and her life. Adapted from a novella from author Hsiao Sa, this film becomes a classic of Taiwan New Cinema and the women’s film in Taiwan. The Wheel of Life (1983), an anthology directed by of Taiwan’s most renowned directors of 1970s—King Hu, Lee Hsing, and Pai Ching-Jui—was also adapted from a novella written by a female author, Chung Ling. Concentrating on a love triangle that spans the ages, it presents a concept of reincarnation which emphasizes an idea of eternity that stands in stark contrast with historical awareness and realism of In Our Time (1982) and The Sandwich Man. This juxtaposition proved a milestone in the generational shift of Taiwan cinema.
2011’s Honey PuPu (2011), directed by Chen Hung-I, was an adaptation of a book by young writer Godwind (Hsu Li-wei). Literary adaptation continues to play a key role in the works of Taiwan directors, with Oscar-winner Lee Ang helming several internationally respected adaptations that speak to the continuing importance of such works.
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