Hong Kong Women Filmmakers

放映魏時煜作品《金門銀光夢》 Screening of Golden Gate Girls

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香港 | 2013 | 93分鐘 | 中英語對白,中英文字幕







Hong Kong | 2013 | 93min | In Cantonese and English with Chinese and English subtitles

Hong Kong’s first “directress” was a San Francisco native and an open lesbian. Esther Eng (1914-1970) was a true pioneer in many senses. She made ten Cantonese language films— five each in the States and Hong Kong—all for Chinese audiences before, during and after WWII. She gave Bruce Lee his screen debut in his role as a baby girl in her 1941 film Golden Gate Girl. When production slowed after 1949, she expanded her late father’s Chinese film import business and, later, ran theatres in New York that screened Chinese movies. This documentary weaves together the life of Esther Eng and juxtaposes her story with two other pioneering women of her time: Anna May Wong (1905-61), first Chinese American actress to rise to international stardom, and Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979), the first and only female director to successfully transition from the silent to sound eras of Hollywood.

Information cited from Singapore Chinese Film Festival)

Wei Shi-yu Louisa

Born in Shandong, China, Louisa Wei grew up in Xian and attended university there. She moved to Canada in the 1994 and pursued her graduate education at Carleton University (MA, 1994) and the University of Alberta (PhD, 2002), studying comparative literature and film. She worked briefly in Japan as a researcher before moving to Hong Kong, where she has pursued both a scholarly career as well as working as a filmmaker. Wei has several documentary works to her credit. In 2006, she made a short documentary on Cui Jian’s music entitled CUI JIAN: ROCKING CHINA, and a feature-length documentary on the teachings of the Beijing Film Academy’s Professor Situ Zhaodun (A PIECE OF HEAVEN: PRIMARY DOCUMENTS). Wei spent six years on STORMS UNDER THE SUN, a documentary co-directed with Peng Xiaolian about the campaign led by Mao Zedong against the literary critic Hu Feng. The film was initially screened at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2007, and the final version premiered at the 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival in 2009. The film received positive reviews in five languages. Wei’s latest work has been the documentary GOLDEN GATE GIRLS (2013), co-directed with Hong Kong film historian Law Kar. The film deals with the remarkable life and work of Esther Eng (1914-1970), an openly lesbian Chinese-American filmmaker who made nearly a dozen Cantonese features in Hong Kong and the United States, mainly during the 1930s and ’40s. GOLDEN GATE GIRLS was premiered at the 2013 Hong Kong International Film Festival, has been screened in many film festivals, and won the Intra-Cultural Spotlight Award at Washington DC Chinese Film Festival in September 2014. The film has been touring North American universities and distributed by Women Make Movies (NY).

(Information cited from Hong Kong Women Filmmakers website)


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