Second Screening of Spirit of the Overseas Chinese / 海外征魂 (Back by Popular Demand)


Spirit Of The Overseas Chinese / 海外征魂 (Newly-restored, World premiere)
Dir: Wan Hoi-ling
94 min / Singapore / 1946 / Mandarin & Hokkien (with English subtitles) / DCP / PG

Back by popular demand, Spirit of the Overseas Chinese / 海外征魂, part of the selection of films curated by the Asian Film Archive, will be screened a second time on 27 January 2018. This film was recently discovered in the vaults of the China Film Archive and restored. A rare document of Singapore cinema, the film was made by pioneering female Chinese film-maker Wan Hoi-ling, who had directed films in Singapore for the Shaw Brothers since 1940. Her partner Hou Yao, who tragically died during the war, collaborated with her on her films. Made just a year after World War Two ended, the story of Spirit begins before the war comes to Malaya and reflects upon the struggles of newly-emigrated and affluent Chinese immigrants who have to choose between the comfortable luxury of their lives in Singapore and returning to their motherland to fight the enemy.

This film is part of the war film programme Witness to War: Memories and Screens, organised by the National Museum of Singapore as part of the Witness to War exhibition and curated by the Asian Film Archive. The programme features a collaborative project by Lasalle College of the Arts

About Witness to War: Memories and Screen

The memories of World War Two have been captured, interpreted and presented in various films – from iconic war films like Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence to romance films such as Hiroshima Mon Amour and historically significant films like Momotaro, Sacred Sailors and Spirit of the Overseas Chinese which have not been seen in Singapore in recent history. For the first time, the National Museum, in collaboration with the Asian Film Archive, will be presenting Witness to War: Memories and Screens, a selection of films which document and remember the experience of World War Two in the Pacific and its aftermath.

In tracing the historical development from the bombing of Pearl Harbour (1941) to Hiroshima (1945), Memories and Screens will showcase films and narratives from Singapore and Malaya, Britain, Japan, America and Singapore’s regional neighbours, accounting for the diverse yet shared narratives of countries and people that have participated in and witnessed World War Two. This film programme –inspired by the exhibition Witness to War: Remembering 1942 – invites us to reflect upon the ways film across national borders remembers a shared history that continues to shape our reality today.
Sat Jan 27, 2018
2:00 PM - 3:40 PM SGT
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Gallery Theatre, Basement Level
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Venue Address
Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road Singapore
Witness to War: Remembering 1942