Taiwan Documentary Showcase: River Without Banks《无岸之河》

Organised by Singapore Film Society, SIM University, Taipei Representative Office in Singapore and Taipei Business Association in Singapore

RIVER WITHOUT BANKS《无岸之河》他们在岛屿写作 II - 洛夫

*Singapore Premiere 新加坡首映

Dir. Wang Wan-Jo 王婉柔

2015 | Taiwan | Mandarin with Chinese subtitles | 90min | PG

*Free admission with registration. Tickets collection opens 30 minutes before the screening at venue.

River Without Banks takes poetry and war as its main theme. As homage to Death of a Stone Cell, the film is structured into ten segments; each led by the first lines of the first ten stanza of the poem. Correspondences between the poet and his friends are incorporated throughout, taking the audience back and forth between Lo Fu's youth and middle age, only to eventually depict a full picture of the protagonist. The camera follows Lo Fu on his trips back to the bomb shelter and tunnel in Kinmen and his hometown Hengyang in Hunan Province of China, while also capturing his daily life in his adopted country of Canada. Acclaimed as the Wizard of Poetry, Lo Fu shares through the film some of the most insightful reflections on and honest realizations about his life, in both his most productive and quieter years.



About Lo Fu 洛夫 (1928-)

Born in China’s Hunan Province as Mo Lo-fu, Lo Fu moved to Taiwan in 1949, where he later received his BA in English from Tamkang University. He served for several years in the marines in various positions, including English secretary, military translator and interpreter and liaison officer, until he eventually retired as a commander. Before Taiwan, Lo Fu had started writing and publishing poetry at young age in Hunan. In 1954, five years after arriving in Taiwan, he co-founded the Epoch Poetry Quarterly with Zhang Mo, where Ya Hsien joined later. Their publication, the Epoch Poetry Quarterly, became one of the three most important poetry journals in Taiwan during that time, sharing the same reputation with the Blue Stars Poetry Quarterly and the Modernist Poetry Monthly. For sixty years, the Epoch Poetry Quarterly was where modernist poets chose to publish their works. Today, it continues to be revered as a legendary publication in the history of Chinese modernist poetry. Making his debut as a poet at 18, Lo Fu has never stopped writing and continued to strive for new styles and possibilities of poetry. His devotion has helped him to accumulate an oeuvre of numerous iconic works. In recent years, his works have shifted from his trademark magic surrealism style towards an approach inspired by Zen. Clarity and simplicity replaced the rhetoric and complexity. In his latest poems, one finds surrealism of the West gracefully merged with the Zen of the Eastern philosophy, transcending into a new realm of creative writing.



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Sat Oct 3, 2015
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM SGT
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