Taiwan Film Festival

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring


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SECRET LOVE FOR THE PEACH BLOSSOM SPRING
暗戀桃花源
Anlian Taohuayuan

Directed by Stan Lai
導演 賴聲川 (1992)

Two plays collide, as do the memories and emotions of the past and present. Through a scheduling mistake, two troupes find themselves trapped in the same rehearsal space. One play is a lofty, pretentious take on a soap opera while the other is broadly farcical, and yet the plays share common themes. Scenes and dialogues juxtaposed manage to cause offense, create comedy, and point to deeper truths. Based on Stan Lai’s famous play of the same name, the film also works as an allegory depicting a mainlander who fled Chinain 1949. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the original play.

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