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52 Ratings

Song of the Exile

Ke tu qiu hen

Directed by Ann Hui
Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1990


Set in the early 1970s, it tells the story of a Chinese-Japanese student who returns to her native Hong Kong after graduating from a university in London. Once she arrives back home, she and her family begins to fight, largely due to cultural and societal conflicts between her mother and herself.

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Song of the Exile Directed by Ann Hui

Awards & Festivals

Golden Horse Film Festival

1990 | Winner: Best Original Screenplay

Hong Kong Film Awards

1991 | 3 nominations including: Best Picture

What are people saying?

  • xuxuxush's rating of the film Song of the Exile

    A touching and thoughtful examination of Hong Kong's fluid, transnational cultural identity in the 1960s, which also opens up postcolonial possibilities of reconciliation between China and Japan. With regards to the latter, this may resonate with Hou's Café Lumière (2003), which explores relations between Japan and Taiwan post-WWII. Cheung is excellent as usual. I only wish the image quality were better.

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