V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

XIN NUXING

V' 05

XIN NUXING

NEW WOMEN

Cai Chusheng
VR China, 1934
115min, stumm/eK

XIN NUXING

Cai Chusheng
VR China, 1934
, 115min, stumm/eK

Actors: 
Ruan Lingyu
Wei Ming
Zheng Junli
Dr. Wang
Yin Xu
Wang Naidong
Screenplay: 
Sun Shiyi
Camera: 
Zhou Daming

Production: 
Lianhua Studio
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White
Kopie: China Film Archive No. 3, Wen Hui Yuan Road Haidan District Bejing 100088, China T 1 6225 09 16 cfafad@yahoo.com.cn

New Women is the story of an intellectual striving for independence, only to be defeated by reality. The feudal confinement of her home and the numerous traps set for women by society, make her give up and, ultimately, choose to take her own life. The metaphorically charged images Cai Chusheng uses to express the social and financial restrictions in which Wei Ming fights for survival, convey a clear message: the tragic events increase when thunder and lightning strikes, and the newspaper luridly announcing Weis suicide seems to anticipate Ruans real-life fate. The words «I WANT TO LIVE», which Wei screams at the world from her hospital bed at the end of the film, become Ruan Lingyus own cry for help.

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