Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

ROUGE OF THE NORTH

Year: 1988
Country: Taiwan
Run Time: 112 minutes

ROUGE OF THE NORTH

In Shanghai in 1910 the beautiful Ying-ti is an orphan who escapes a life of poverty by marrying a rich but demanding blind asthmatic hunchback. His family looks upon her with contempt and their constant rebuffs drive her to an attempted suicide. After her husband and his dowager mother die, Ying-ti continues her lonely life with her teenage son. As she grows older her embitterment grows and ironically she forces her son into a marriage not unlike her own. Gradually, she retreats into an opium haze. ROUGE OF THE NORTH is a powerful and beautiful film which paints a highly critical portrait of a woman's role in traditional Chinese society.

Screenplay
Fred Tan (Adapted from Eileen Chang's novel)

Producer
Lin Tung-Fei

Cinematography
Yang Wei-Han

Editing
Chen Po-Wen

Principal Cast
Hsia Wen-Shi, Hsu Ming, Kao Chieh, Ma Shao-Chun, Emily Chang

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