Human Comedy

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La Comédie humaine

Human Comedy

(Ren jian xi ju)

by Hung Hung



La Comédie humaine

Director: Hung Hung

Script: Hung Hung

Cinematographer: Pen Jia-ru

Editor: Chen Po-wen

Sound: Tu Duu-chih

Music: Chang Yung-chih

Cast: Chang Ling-hsien, Chen Ethan, Wen Chih-xing, Hsiao Hua-wen, Lee Kang-i, Chiang Vicky, Cheung Alex, Chao Tzu-chiang, Hsu Wan-ying

Les Moutons Sans Souci Films
Tel / Fax: (886-2)22.177.240

Year: 2001

35 mm, Colour, 117 min
vOV Mandarin with French Subtitles


Audience Award at Nantes' Festival des 3 Continents

We are in Taiwan at the beginning of this century.
In a free adaptation of Confucius’ moral tales compilation entitled « Book of the twenty-four rules of filial piety », Hung Hung made a seven episodes film where four stories are intertwined to underline the disintegration of the transitional Chinese society.
A young girl works in a shoe shop downtown Taipeh. Her only passion is Tony Leung, a famous actor and singer from Hong-Kong. A Xing, a young actor working with a director who has aids, is compelled to play a few scenes naked. His mother will be in the audience. Vicky and her lover live in a flat where they are horror-stuck to discover cockroaches. No way to stay there any longer. They are looking for a new flat. Darren recently divorced and finds it difficult to definitively break up with Caiza, his former wife. One stormy night, he takes her to hospital.

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