1965, 94 minutes
Directed by Pan Lei 潘壘
Produced by the world-famous Shaw Brothers Studios of Hong Kong, this film is one of the earliest film representations of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples. Filmed on this idyllic island southeast of Taiwan, Song of Orchid Island employs common stereotypes to deliver a romantic story of a ‘civilized’ doctor’s encounter with a ‘native’ island girl, played by popular Chinese actress Cheng Pei-pei.
This screening is part of the Taiwan Film Festival 臺灣電影節 2017: Indigenous Representations and Responses 原民現身與迴聲. All screenings are FREE and open to the public, but bookings are essential. All films have English subtitles.