The Golden Era <黃金時代>, a historical film starring Tang Wei (湯唯) as legendary female writer Xiao Hong (蕭紅), will open in theaters on October 1, also known as National Day of the People’s Republic of China.
Set in the 1930s, The Golden Era follows Xiao Hong’s unconventional way of living, as well as her turbulent romance with lover Xiao Jun (蕭軍), portrayed by mainland Chinese actor William Feng (馮紹峰). The movie also focuses on how this period of unrest affected other Chinese literati, including well-known writers Lu Xun (鲁迅) and Ding Ling (丁玲).
Because The Golden Era features a sweeping cast and more than 30 celebrity actors, the production recently released promotional posters introducing the eight main characters. Written on each poster is a catchphrase that fits with the movie’s theme, “Everything is free.”
For example, Xiao Hong’s poster reads, “Live however you want to live,” while Xiao Jun’s says, “Love whomever you want to love.” Aptly, the poster for Lu Xun, who was known for his harsh social commentary, states, “Scold whomever you want to scold.”
“The aim of The Golden Era is to tell everyone today that each person should bravely choose what life they want,” explained producer Tan Hong (覃宏). “This word, freedom, doesn’t belong to just artists or young people. People of any age, profession, family background, or social class should search for their own freedom.”
Although the idea of freedom for all may seem idealistic, director Ann Hui (許鞍華) shared that the writers’ way of thinking was what drew her to this film in the first place. “They are willing to go through fire and water in order to realize their ideals,” she said. “Right now, we are all too worldly wise, and we would never do things like this. So I am very envious of them.”
“The Golden Era” Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.