The irrepressible Lin Ying (Li Lili) is an aspiring athlete who travels to Shanghai to study at a women’s sports college. She even limbs the funnel of the ocean liner she is travelling on to enjoy her first views of the city. Through disciplined training she rises to the top at the National Sports Games. Lin Ying begins to dress glamorously and to navigate between the stadium and the dance hall. With cinematography influenced by Soviet contemporaries, the story of sporting success and social temptations is fresh and engaging. Sun Yu wrote the script in the lead-up to the fifth National Games in 1933, creating a strong woman character and exploring new possibilities for women in modern society. —The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art
Sun Yu was born on March 21, 1900 in Chongqing (Chungking), Sichuan province, to an intellectual family which valued education highly. Sun’s father, who had been a successful scholar at the provincial level during the Qing (Manchu) dynasty, was a historical researcher who traveled around China, and as a boy Sun Yu often went along, which added considerably to the future filmmaker’s experience and knowledge. The family later moved to Shanghai, where Sun Yu saw his first movie in a theater.
After graduating from middle school, Sun Yu passed the entrance exams for admission to Qinghua University, where movies and poetry became his twin passions. In his third year, he entered a film reviewing competition and won the grand prize. Among the judges in the competition were future Chinese film directors Zhu Shilin and Fei Mu, while the chair of the panel was Luo Mingyou, who as the head of the Lianhua (United Photoplay Service) Film Company would one day rewrite the history of Chinese… read more