SINGAPORE PREMIERE | 香蕉天堂 Banana Paradise (1989)

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香蕉天堂 Banana Paradise (1989, dir. Wang Tong)
116 min | Taiwan | Mandarin with Chinese and English subtitles
Rating: TBA

Tempted by tales of sweet bananas, a naïve young man follows the Kuomintang forces from China to Taiwan in 1949. He adopts false names and adjusts to life in Taiwan amidst turbulent socio-economic changes. Banana Paradise addresses the cruelties of martial law as a tragicomic melodrama, rural-urban migration, and the demands of modernisation. Director Wang Tong was a veteran in set design for directors including King Hu, Li Hsing and Pai Jing-jui before making his feature film debut in 1981. His works can be situated between the generational shift, combining sentimentality with socio-political critique.

香蕉天堂 (导演:王童)

1949年,一位天真的年轻人跟随国民党军队从中国去到台湾。 在台湾动荡的社会经济变化中,他冒用他人的身份度过一生。

Introduction and Post-screening discussion with

Dr Hong Guo-Juin (Assoc Prof, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University) &

Dr Elizabeth Wijaya (Asst Prof of East Asian Cinema, Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto)


27 July, Saturday - 8pm

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About Reframe: Migratory Times
26 - 28 July | Oldham Theatre
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Migratory Times presents a series of Chinese language fictional films showing transitional times in Southeast and East Asia. The settings of the films span the Ming dynasty, the Sino-Japanese war and its aftermath, colonial and postcolonial modernity, revolution and resistance and martial law in Taiwan.

Against the broad strokes of political history, these films reveal the internal conflicts, melodrama and class divisions of migratory lives in exile and alienation. The films themselves are also made in critical times for cinema history with their own histories of loss, rebirth and restoration. As lives and desire collide with the forces of history in fictional frames, what can be revealed about the intersecting forces of production that condition how history can be affectively archived and re-activated in aesthetic works?

Curated by Dr. Elizabeth Wijaya


《颠沛流离的时代》 展现了一系列记录东亚与东南亚历史转折的华语剧情电影。 五部电影的故事背景前后跨越数百年,涵盖了明朝、太平洋战争、 殖民以及后殖民时期的现代化经验,以及台湾戒严时期的生存状态。

不同于大笔勾勒历史现实的制作, 这些电影展现了移民在迁徙与流亡中的内心挣扎、 社会冲突与阶级分化。同时,这些电影诞生于电影史上的关键时期, 与电影艺术自身的衰落、修复与重生紧密相连。 在电影的虚构框架中,生活和欲望在历史洪流里互相碰撞。然而, 电影创作将如何影响我们理解艺术作品记录历史、感知历史、 回溯历史的方式?

策展人: 黄丽慧博士

About Reframe
An initiative by the Asian Film Archive, Reframe is a series that aims to bring together diverse audiences and the film community at large through an innovative range of programmes, encouraging dialogue and examining topics surrounding cinema and the moving image.

By asking the hard questions and re-looking at trends and issues critically, the series will construct meaningful frameworks that bring forth multi-perspective viewpoints and an increased appreciation of film and culture.

  • The event description was updated. Diff#455726 2019-07-20 08:59:53
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