The Golden Era

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Hong Kong | 2014 | 179 minutes | Ann Hui

This bold, beautiful epic focuses on a five-year span in the life of Xio Hang (Tang Wei), the young author who became one of the most influential essayists and progressive influences in the politically turbulent China of the 1930s.

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Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui follows up her international success A Simple Life with an audacious, illuminating, much-needed look into the life of Xio Hang (Tang Wei, Lust, Caution), a poet and essayist who despite her short life became one of China’s most influential writers of the 20th century. Structured to reflect Xio Hang’s writing and the perspective of those intellectuals who knew her, The Golden Era tells the story of an exceptional free thinker who was way ahead of her time in the politically turbulent China of the 1930s. Born in Manchuria in 1911, she ran away at age 20 to escape from an abusive father and an arranged marriage. Soon, her married lover abandons her, leaving her pregnant and in debt. When her landlord threatens to sell her to a brothel, she desperately turns to the local newspaper for help. It is an unlikely beginning for what Xio Hang was to call her “Golden Era.” With a sweeping narrative structure and exquisite you-are-there production design, this bold, beautiful biopic delves into the personal life of a landmark artist with aplomb.

Director Biography
Ann Hui, born in Anshan, Manchuria, began her film career by assisting director King Hu. Since then, Hui has directed multiple films, receiving the Berlinale Camera in 1997.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco, Delta Air Lines, East Asia Center UW

  • Original Language Title: Huang Jin Shi Dai
  • Director: Ann Hui
  • Principal Cast: Tang Wei, Feng Shao Feng, Zhu Yawen, Wang Zhiwen, Huang Xuan
  • Country: Hong Kong, China
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 179 minutes
  • Producer: Qin Hong, La Peikang, Bill Kong, Yuan Mei, Tsui Titkwan, Ma Yi Wen, Shen Hao, Dele Liu
  • Screenplay: Li Qiang
  • Cinematographers: Wang Yu
  • Editors: Manda Wai
  • Music: Eli Marshall
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Official Oscar Submission 2014 (Foreign Language Film), Golden Horse Awards 2014 (Best Director), Hong Kong Film Awards 2015 (Best Film, Director, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume & Makeup), Asian Film Awards 2015 (Best Director, Supporting Actor)
  • Filmography: A Simple Life (2011), All About Love (2010), Night and Fog (2009), The Way We Are (2008), The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006), Goddess of Mercy (2003), July Rhapsody (2002), Visible Secret (2001), Ordinary Heroes (1999), Boy and His Hero (1993), My American Grandson (1991), Song of the Exile (1990), Boat People (1982), God of Killers (1981), The Secret (1979)
  • Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Edko Films