A Life in Six Chapters

蕭軍六記

Research output: Creative and Literary Works in Non-textual Form (RGC: 42, 43, 44, 46, 47)43_Film, video

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherEagle Wind Vision Ltd.
Media of outputFilm
Size96 minutes
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2022

Abstract

A Life in Six Chapters presents a visual portrait of Xiao Jun (1907-1988), a left-wing Chinese writer who befriended the literary figure Lu Xun and the political giant Mao Zedong. The film spans more than 60 years from the 1920s to the 1980s, taking a tour of China’s literary scene, and introducing renowned writers like Lu Xun, Xiao Hong, Hu Feng, Ding Ling, Nie Gannu, Ai Qing, Lao She, and more. Xiao Jun’s romances and struggles are set against the backdrop of twentieth century China, including the 14-year Sino-Japanese War, the Communist rectification campaigns, post-1949 political movements, the chaotic years of the Cultural Revolution, and, finally, the early years of the country’s opening-up.

A disciple of Lu Xun, Xiao Jun tried throughout his life to hold on to his mentor’s spirit of intellectual autonomy free from political influence. Although he befriended some of the CCP’s top leaders, from Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai to Chen Yun and Peng Zhen, he never joined the party. Even a campaign of criticism against him could not persuade him and he is remembered as one of a few Chinese writers who survived without bending to politics.
《蕭軍六記》圍繞左翼作家蕭軍起伏跌宕的人生,呈現了他所經歷的二十世紀的中國。1931年日軍侵占東北之後,他和蕭紅逃離哈爾濱,在上海受到新文學之父魯迅先生的提携,以《八月的鄉村》蜚聲文壇。從東北到上海、到延安、到北京,蕭軍所交往的文學名家無數,與蕭紅是三十年代最著名的文壇雋侶,與胡風和聶紺弩同爲魯迅“最後的弟子”,與丁玲、艾青、舒群、白朗、羅烽等人的友誼複雜而深厚。蕭軍一直秉承魯迅精神,不願為任何政治黨派左右。抗戰期間,他在延安結識了毛澤東、周恩來、陳雲、彭真等中國共產黨高級領導人,但本人卻一直未入黨。

本片透過導演從2003年至2020年之間對很多文壇名家所作的訪談,采納蕭軍本人1980年所作四次公開演講的錄音做旁白,讓觀衆能夠聆聽他的聲音。同時,跟隨蕭軍蕭紅的旅程,影片呈現了1920年代末的東北,1930年代的哈爾濱、青島、上海、武漢、臨汾、西安、蘭州,1940年代的延安、香港、瀋陽,以及1950至1980年代北京的景象,展示了超過半個世紀的歷史畫卷。

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A Life in Six Chapters. Xiao, Dazhong (Producer); Lu, Wilfried B. (Producer); Wei, S. Louisa (Director) et al.. 2022. Hong Kong : Eagle Wind Vision Ltd.

Research output: Creative and Literary Works in Non-textual Form (RGC: 42, 43, 44, 46, 47)43_Film, video