The Wheel of Life

大轮迴



Film Information

Director: King Hu 胡金铨

Cast: Peng Xuefen 彭雪芬, Shih Jun 石隽, Jiang Houren 姜厚任

Country: Taiwan 台湾

Year: 1983

Runtime: 103mins

Rating: PG

Awards: Won Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film, Golden Horse Film Festival 1983 获1983年金马奖最佳摄影、最佳美术指导、最佳影片奖

Synopsis

The three segments of the film are directed by King Hu, Hsing Lee and Jingrui Bai. The story is the love among two men and one woman crossing three generations. King Hu made the story of the first generation. Feng’s father is an upright official of Ming dynasty, and is killed by the powerful eunuchs and royal guards. Feng is engaged with Mei, a daughter of another official. Out of fear, Mei’s father, offers her to the head of royal guards as his concubine in order to save his own life. Mei is on the road to marry, with a dagger, intending to kill the evil one. Mei is guarded by Lu, a captain of royal guard, to the capital. On the road, Lu forces Mei to hand in her dagger and tries to rape her. At this moment, Feng leads the resistance to rescue Mei. Lu abducts Mei and takes the opposite direction. They visit his master in the mountain. Lu’s master sees through his treacherous plan and gives him a poisonous list of the resistance, then commits suicide. Lu is blinded by the poison. Feng follows them and fights with Lu. Mei tries to save Feng but accidently kills him with the dagger. Lu manages to kill Mei at the same moment.

本片描述两男一女的三世情缘,由胡金铨、李行、白景瑞三位导演合作,胡金铨所执导的是第一世。明朝,锦衣卫与宦官当道,把持朝政,阻扰谏路。冯瑞之父惨遭杀害,其未婚妻韩雪梅之父为求自保,将独生爱女嫁給锦衣衛大官为侍妾。雪梅身怀祖传鱼肠剑,擬为国除害,锦衣卫队长鲁振一在路上迎接,途中逼迫雪梅交出宝剑,并欲侵扰;冯瑞率反抗义军,屡次中途拦截;不料鲁振一挟雪梅反向而行,前往探寻归隐山中的师父、前义军统帥盧子真。盧子真看穿鲁振一想活捉他以换取赏金及兵力的诡计,服毒自尽前,交給鲁振一涂有毒药的义军名册,鲁振一中毒眼瞎,冯瑞循迹赶至,雪梅为救冯瑞,掷出鱼肠剑,卻误中冯瑞,鲁振一也同时将雪梅一剑穿心。

Screening

Date: 22 April 2014

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: National Museum of Singapore

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