Spirit of the Overseas Chinese (海外征魂) (1946)

  • March 19, 2022 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Wan Hoi-Ling
Runtime: 94 minutes
Country: Singapore
Language: Mandarin, Hokkien with Chinese & English subtitles
Rating: PG


A rare document of Singapore cinema, Spirit of the Overseas Chinese was made by pioneering female Chinese filmmaker Wan Hoi-Ling, who had directed films in Singapore for the Shaw Brothers. Her partner Hou Yao, who tragically died during the war, collaborated with her on her films. Made just a year after World War II ended, the film begins before the war comes to Malaya and reflects upon the struggles of newly-emigrated and affluent Chinese immigrants who have to choose between the comfortable luxury of their lives in Singapore and returning to their motherland to fight the enemy. Restored by the China Film Archive and subtitled by the Asian Film Archive.

Courtesy of China Film Archive

This screening is part of a series of film screenings in conjunction with the “New Light on an Old Tale: 80th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore” programme by the National Archives of Singapore

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