嬉笑怒骂: 王沙野峰电影回顾特展 Comic Relief: Film Retrospective and Exhibition on Wang Sha and Ye Feng

  • January 12, 2024 | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre
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This exhibition explores the films of Wang Sha and Ye Feng through the theme of comic relief. The term here is understood not only as a narrative device, in which comedy is used to relieve emotional tension in heavy dramas, but also as a mechanism that helps to soothe, through humour, the daily stresses of the everyman living in the fast-changing societies of 1970s and 1980s Singapore and Hong Kong. Their film performances trigger a release of emotional pressure by enabling audiences to laugh out loud at familiar, everyday scenarios. Their film characters offer possibilities of poetic justice and social critique, often through funny, absurd coincidences, or by ridiculing the dominant social order, in this way providing much-needed imaginative outlets.

In conjunction with the Asian Film Archive’s film retrospective on the iconic duo, this exhibition brings together artefacts related to the twenty-six films that will be screened here at the Oldham Theatre. Foregrounding the duo’s lesser-known contributions to cinema, this exhibition pays tribute to the beloved Wang Sha and Ye Feng. The film retrospective and exhibition will run from 12 January to 7 April 2024 at Oldham Theatre.*

Exhibition curated and conceptualised by Yeo Min Hui. Project consultant and special thanks: Mr Su Zhangkai, Mr Wong Hanmin and Mdm Ong Siew Eng.

*Film screenings are ticketed. Entry to the exhibition is free.

本特展以“嬉笑怒骂”为主题,探讨王沙和野峰的电影作品。嬉笑怒骂一般指不同情感的表现,正符合王沙和野峰在电影中为小市民发声,表达市井生活、苦中作乐的百感交集与百般无奈。若单以字面意思来看,嬉笑怒骂也可看作是两种情绪和姿态的并置,即嬉笑与怒骂的同时进行。这是本展想要带出的主要面向:王沙和野峰的电影表现,往往以搞笑的方式批判当代社会、嘲讽现代生活,让生活在当时快速发展、快速变化的香港和新加坡观众,得以发出会心的、实具发泄功能的笑声。他们所饰演的电影角色,大多透过逗趣的对白,指骂社会与权贵的不合理及不公义,使主流社会秩序显得滑稽荒谬。在他们的身上也常出现因荒诞的巧合,而让恶势力得到惩罚的情节,其荒谬的元素让人开怀大笑,现实生活中往往无法实践的恶有恶报情节,也令观众大快人心。

配合亚洲电影资料馆举办的王沙野峰电影回顾展,本展重点展出与这二十六部电影相关的文物,将聚光灯打在至今较少被提及的,王沙与野峰对电影的贡献,谨以此纪念这对绝无仅有的本地喜剧双宝。“王沙野峰电影回顾展” 和 “嬉笑怒骂:王沙野峰电影回顾特展” 将于 2024 年 1 月 12 日至 4 月 7 日在奥登剧场(Oldham Theatre)举行。

*电影放映需购票。展览免费入场

展览由杨明慧策划和构思。特别感谢苏章恺先生、王秀莺女士和黄汉民先生。

Digital version of information pamphlet 

Section 1 looks at Wang Sha and Ye Feng’s initial careers in getai and television, showcasing a collection of artefacts including vinyls, before transitioning into film, and their early film roles. Newspaper clippings and magazines from the time document the excitement surrounding their move into cinema.

 

Section 2 features original posters and lobby cards from Mr Su Zhangkai’s collection, and looks at how the film roles of Wang Sha and Ye Feng were of sociocultural significance, providing much-needed moments of respite for their audiences – both in Singapore and Hong Kong – with the intensifying hustle and bustle of life.

 

Section 3 features original posters and lobby cards from Mr Su Zhangkai’s collection and focuses on Wang Sha and Ye Feng’s most iconic roles, including Mr Funny Bone (老夫子)and The Mad Monk (济公).

 

Section 4 showcases films and their memorabilia that made more pointed social commentary such as The Happy Trio (1975) and The Sentimental Swordsman (1977).

 

Section 5 showcases films and materials from Wang Sha and Ye Feng’s film careers that show off their range and versatility, where they do not play comedic roles. Some interesting items include original projection slides and the original script for Mr Funny-Bone (老夫子). This section includes photographs from Mdm Ong Siew Eng, the wife of Mr Wang Sha, from his time working and making a life in Hong Kong.