ON GOLDEN LOTUS 谈《中国金莲》2006
ON RETRIVING LOST IDENTIDY
I felt Chinese women’s story was hidden.
Chinese women’s identities were not clear,
or Chinese women’s voice were not heard by the world.
I felt I need to establish the dignity that they had but lost over the long period of time.
I felt this issue was understudied.
So that’s why I took like three or four years to do visual research,
almost from the anthropology’s point of view.
And then as a filmmaker,
I need to find beauty in ugliness,
and find truth in reality.
So for me its a journey of discovery.
And I am so glad that audience from around the world seems to embrace the story.
It is a story that really brings back memories of a lot of my audience who still have grandmas of their own
Some audience even embrace me in tears to really thank me for preserving this part of history.
This film has haunting effect. People will not forget about this film.
ON BONDAGE FREEDOM CREATIVITY
Golden Lotus is not just a story about foot-binding,
It’s a story on women’s creativity, women’s freedom,
actually it’s about art.
When you see our protagonist Yang Hui Xiu’s paper-cuts,
You will understand how free she was when she was doing her art.
This is why it is an enigma.
Women with bound feet, they were very good with their hands.
Since they were confined within a physical space,
they had to do something, so they were very good with embroidery.
That’s why each pair of shoes is the living testimony of the owner of the shoes.
Shoes are huge icon for that period of time.
ON SEEKING TRUE SELF
That was quite surprise that she gave me her shoes,
She left me with paper cuts,
I am obligated to tell her story to the world.
It is a story about Chinese women.
Perhaps women of all ages of all nationalities should look at the story
from the perspective of seeking freedom, seeking personal voice.
Because each of us has this true self in us.
ON WOMEN TODAY AND YESTERDAY
Today’s women are probably living too comfortably
They are not used to seeking something.
They didn’t have the need to really search for themselves.
That’s a dilemma of living today.
So, I am reminiscent about the past
Nostalgic in many ways
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