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Program Title: The Family
EASC Code: CF-04
Series Title:
Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
Director: Chen His-ho
Producer:
Release Date: 1956
Running Time:124 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "This story is taken from one of the famous novels written by the well-known novelist, Pa Chin. The story tekes place between 1916 and 1920. It is all about a bureaucrat and landlord family in a big city. The head of the family Olm Man Kao is a feudal-minded bigot. He insists that Chuen-hisn, his eldest grandon, marry a girl named Jui-chuen instead of cousin Mei whom Chueh-hisn loves. He forbids his two other grandsons Cheh-min and Chueh-hui to take part in the partiotic movement then on the upsurge. He intends to give away Ming-feng, a house-maid who Chueh-hui loves, to an old man as concubine. Ming-feng is thus forced to kill herself in a pond. He also makes arrangements for Cheh-min to be engaged to a girl although the young man is over head and ears in love with cousin Chin. Encouraged by Chueh-hui, Chueh-min runs away from home. Old Man Kao gets so furious that he dies… Cheh-hui comes to see that in order to be free and happy, he must strive to smash this feudal society."
Data Entry Date: 1/31/2000