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Dong fu ren

The Arch
Film still from THE ARCH. Two women in historical costumes look at each other.

Fri 09.09.

  • Director

    Tang Shu Shuen

  • Hong Kong / 1970
    94 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


  • Film print

    University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender
  • Introduction (per video): Clarence Tsui

Elegantly staged and shot in black and white (by Satyajit Roy cameraman Subrata Mitra and edited by US documentary filmmaker Les Blank among others), the film, which is based on a folktale and set in the 17th century during the rule of the Ming dynasty, tells of a young widow who is confronted with her desires when an officer is stationed in her home. In keeping with the social norms and her standing, she relinquishes passion and love and despairs at the callousness with which personal happiness passes her by.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media