Typhoon(M+ Screenings: Restored Images from Taiwan)
Pan Lei, who first made his name as a writer, was an important film director active in Hong Kong and Taiwan in the 1960s and 1970s. Clearly standing out from its contemporaries, this film was a favourite of Pan’s and was made the year before he joined the Shaw Brothers in Hong Kong. The plot unfolds as a fugitive (Tang Ching) meets a runaway girl in his flight from the police. The two, calling themselves father and daughter, go into hiding together in a weather station on Alishan. There, they encounter the depressed wife (Mu Hong) of a meteorologist and a beautiful, innocent young woman (Tang Pao-Yun) residing in the mountains—both fall in love with the man. Planning to flee with the young woman and the money he steals before a typhoon hits, the fugitive is met with a series of unexpected events. Adapting his own novel, Pan proves exceptionally skilled in composing powerful and stylish scenes with black-and-white widescreen cinematography, garnering rave reviews following its screening at the Cinémathèque Française in April 2019.
Restored by and courtesy of the Taiwan Film Institute
Tang Ching, Mu Hong, Tang Pao-Yun, King Shih, Ou Wei