Song at Midnight, Part II

  • Dir: Maxu Weibang

  • 1941, 107min, DCP, Mandarin

  • Cast: Tan Ying, Liu Qiong, Wan Xianzhai

Song, the disfigured revolutionary, survives and undergoes plastic surgery by an eccentric doctor – a character inspired by Dr. Pretorius in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – but ends up becoming even uglier. He rejoins the revolutionaries and eventually sings to Li, who has now become blind due to constant worrying, a passionate love song on her deathbed. This sequel, made in Shanghai during its Orphan Island period, delves deeper into the obsession with self-torment, the fascination with deformity and physical disabilities, as well as developing a portrayal of suffering, fear, despair and nightmares, subtly mirroring the predicament China was in during those turbulent years.

27/03/2017 (Mon): Post-screening seminar with Dr Cormac Newark. Moderator: Timmy Chen (Conducted in English)



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