CONDOR TAKES FLIGHT AS ART ; Classic Chinese Movies Are Spliced Together to Re-Tell Classic Story

By Walters, Sarah | Manchester Evening News, June 10, 2016 | Go to article overview

CONDOR TAKES FLIGHT AS ART ; Classic Chinese Movies Are Spliced Together to Re-Tell Classic Story


Walters, Sarah, Manchester Evening News


FILM fanatics will love the latest show at Manchester's Centre for Contemporary Chinese Arts - a mash up of a classic movie that has passed down generations in China and Hong Kong.

The work by Susan Pui San Lok - RoCH Fans & Legends - splices scenes from 40 adaptations of The Condor Trilogy - an epic story by Jin Yong, first published in 1957, and then adapted in the wuxia style - an historical genre of Chinese film and fiction based around martial arts, swordplay, and warriors.

Handpicked from 400 hours of footage and re-edited into three 65 minute movies, the films play across three screens in the main gallery space.

Susan grew up with the trilogy, watching many versions on bootleg VHS tapes, and several made cheaply by amateurs. Now she hopes the piece with conjure up feelings of nostalgia and aspiration, as well as comment on notions of place and the topics of migration, translation, and diaspora.

"It's 60 years since the book was first published," Susan explains, "but there's still a new adaptation every year.

"That testifies its popularity and appeal, but also its enduring genre.

"I've a particular interest in how the work gets made and remade, but also how those films get circulated. …

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