Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters (Taiwan, 1968) & Moon Fascinating, Bird Sweet (Taiwan, 1978)

Sunday, November 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 10:15 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

What Time Is It There? Taiwanese Film Biennial

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.


Film and Television Archive
(310) 206-8013


Additional Information

New Digital Restoration! VENGEANCE OF THE PHOENIX SISTERS (San feng zhen wu lin), Taiwan, 1968 The late-1960s and early-1970s saw a resurgence of swordplay films across Taiwan and Hong Kong, with the most spectacular ones coming from the Shaw Brothers studio in Hong Kong. At the same time, the much lower budget Taiwanese dialect films were tapping into the booming market of Southeast Asia. With its balletic choreography, expressive cinematography and kinetic editing, Vengeance of the Phoenix Sisters rivals the best Shaw Brothers swordplay films of the era. This tale of generational revenge features three of the Taiwanese dialect cinema’s biggest names: opera superstars Yang Li-hua and Liu Ching as the eldest and second sisters, and the goddess of melodrama Chin Mei as the third sister. DCP, b/w, in Taiwanese with English subtitles, 88 min.

Followed by: New Digital Restoration! MOON FASCINATING, BIRD SWEET (Yue meng long niao meng long), Taiwan, 1978 By the 1970s the prolific romance novelist Chiung Yao had become a one-woman cultural industry, with her works spanning books, magazines, music, film and television. The biggest movie star to emerge from the Chiung Yao films was the dreamy ingénue Brigitte Lin. She appeared in dozens of melodramas during that decade and helped to brand Taiwanese cinema across East and Southeast Asia. In this film from Chiung Yao’s aptly named Super Star production company registered in Hong Kong, Brigitte Lin plays a headstrong young kindergarten teacher whose next door neighbors are a naughty little girl and her brooding single father, played by another Chiung Yao regular, Charlie Chin.

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