Kuei-Mei, a Woman (1985)

  • Drama
  • 2h 1m

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This film is adapted from Xiao-Sa’s novella, House of Joffre. Kuei-Mei is in her early twenties as she flees from Mainland China to Taiwan to stay with her cousin. Through his arrangement she is then married off to another immigrant from Mainland China who has with three children from his previous marriage. After the wedding, she soon discovers that her husband is irresponsible in his job and finances and has a gambling addiction. Kuei-Mei becomes the breadwinner of the family and moves to Japan to seek better income. She returns to Taipei and opens a restaurant named House of Joffre - after a street in Shanghai. After she is betrayed by her husband and struggles to build a meaningful relationship with his children, Kuei-Mei finally enjoys a better life at an older age but is soon diagnosed with cancer…

我這樣過了一生

改編自蕭颯中篇小說《霞飛之家》,呈現臺灣女性對多舛命運的妥協與堅韌。國共內戰後,桂美隨著表姊一家自中國大陸來到臺灣。幾年之後,經表姐與鄰居的介紹,桂美認識了侯永年。儘管侯永年拖帶著前段婚姻所生的三名兒女,桂美終究與永年組成新的家庭。婚後,面對丈夫的賭癮以及永年子女的忤逆,桂美咬牙努力存錢,只期待能早日擁有自己的一間店面。

為了賺錢以及根治永年的賭癮,桂美與永年攜幼子赴日幫傭打工,赴日期間逐漸積下自己的財富。多年後夫妻返臺,開設自己的餐館——霞飛之家,專賣桂美在日習得的手藝。雖然事業順利而經濟改善,桂美卻得面對丈夫婚外出軌與女兒未婚懷孕。最後,走過前半生的顛波風雨,桂美在相對平順的晚年罹患子宮癌,霞飛之家因此面臨經營危機。桂美患病後,留居海外的子女似乎只對遺產感興趣,對桂美病情不甚聞問,所幸她與長女正芳敞開胸懷而心結冰釋,正芳也因而決定代替桂美接手霞飛之家。桂美放下一生以來的擔憂,在病床上沉沉睡去。

Director

Chang Yi

Screenplay

Hsiao Sa

Screenplay

Chang Yi

Cinematography

Yang Wei-Han

Languages

Mandarin, Japanese, Taiwanese Hokkien

Subtitles

English

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