I·CARE Theatre 2023-24 - "A City of Sadness"


20 Nov 2023


7:00 pm


Sir Run Run Shaw Hall


I·CARE Centre for Whole-person Development
Student Experience and Development Section
Office of Student Affairs

Tel: 3943 8621

Event Details:


20 November 2023|7:00 pm|Sir Run Run Shaw Hall|
158 min|Category IIA|In Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese, with subtitles in Chinese and English|
Director: Hou Hsiao Hsien

Post-screening Discussion

20 November 2023|9:45 pm|Sir Run Run Shaw Hall|
Host: Dr. Li Mei-ting, Thomas Shin
Language: Cantonese

Synopsis of Lecture:

The year is 1945. The second world war has ended and so has Japan’s rule of Taiwan. But peace is short-lived because with a new regime comes new turmoil. The four sons of the Lin family have become unwitting witnesses to history through their own life stories. Wen-hsiung, the eldest son, supports his young family with a fledgling business. Wen-lung, the second brother, has not returned from the frontlines while the third brother Wen-liang survived the war, only to be severely traumatised. The youngest son, Wen-ching, is a photographer who became deaf-mute since he was small……

This film is the first film in Taiwan to touch upon the February 28 Incident – a taboo subject at the time of its release. The film caused a sensation in world cinema at the time and won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.


‧The above activities will be opened to CUHK members (students, staff and alumni) only and are free-of-charge.
‧Admission for registered participants will start 30 minutes before the screening. Please reserve ample time for registration at the University entrance (if necessary).
‧Free seating is made on a first-come-first-served basis.
‧Walk-in participants will be admitted five minutes before the screening.
‧Any form of photo taking and video recording are prohibited.