Ann Hui's The Golden Era
is set to have it's world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it will screen as the official closing film early next month. It stars Tang Wei (Lust, Caution
, Finding Mr. Right
) as the prominent female writer Xiao Hong, who garnered acclaim for her novels, poetry and memoirs detailing her experiences in China in the 1930s, during the Japanese Occupation.
Xiao led a suitably epic yet tragically short life, fleeing from her home province of Heilongjiang to Beijing at a young age to avoid an arranged marriage, only to be found by her fiance, knocked up and abandoned in Harbin and almost sold into prostitution. She travelled on to Shanghai and eventually down to Hong Kong, all the while chronicling the parade of horrors and hardships she witnessed and experienced first hand in a series of novels, essays and articles. Xiao Hong died in Hong Kong in 1942, aged just 30 years old.
Reportedly Ann Hui's epic retelling of this talented, courageous and supremely long-suffering woman runs in excess of 170 minutes, and going by the first trailer it has been given a lavishly epic big screen treatment in excess of anything Hui has delivered before. Also starring Feng Shaofeng, with a script by Li Qiang, The Golden Era is sure to be one of the year's hottest Chinese Cinema offerings.
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