Based on renowned novelist Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung's novella, Jade Love is regarded as the best film adaptation of all of Pai's work. Set in 1940s Southern China and told through the eyes of a 10 year old boy, Jung, the film relates the story of Jung's beautiful nanny Jade and her mysteriously reclusive "younger brother" Ching Sheng. Jade is a middle-age woman who's sweet and graceful appearance belies her unfulfilled inner life. The film represents complex desire within a tragic story and explores the situation of women in traditional Chinese society. It depicts female psychology in a classical, realist style within a nuanced and exquisite atmosphere.
For her performance in Jade Love, Yang Hui-shan was awarded for Best Actress prize at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival. Director Chang Yi is one of the significant film figures (along with Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang) in the New Taiwan Cinema movement in the 1980s. (Chang Yi [Peter Chang], 1984, 16mm film print)
Curated by Ling Zhang, PhD candidate in Cinema & Media Studies.