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Song of the Exile (1990)

Ke tu qiu hen (original title)
After the Sino-Japanese War, Kwei Dz, one of the family members of Japanese soldiers accepted a Chinese officer's proposal and remained in China. Later they had a daughter named Ann. The ... See full summary »


Ann Hui


Nien-Jen Wu
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Credited cast:
Maggie Cheung ... Cheung Hueyin (Xiao En)
Siu-Kwong Chung Siu-Kwong Chung ... Younger sister's husband (as Zhaoguang Zhong)
Tan Lang Jachi Tian Tan Lang Jachi Tian ... Aiko's brother
Waise Lee ... (as Zi Xiong Li)
Qun Lin Qun Lin ... Xiao Hui (Hueyin's younger sister)
Hsiao-Fen Lu ... Aiko (Hueyin's mother) (as Xiao Fen Lu)
Feng Tien ... Hueyin's Grandfather (as Feng Tian)
Xiang Xiao Xiang Xiao ... Hueyin's Grandmother
Tinlan Yang Tinlan Yang ... Little Hueyin (Xiao En) (as Yang Ting'en)
Quinzi Yinjian Quinzi Yinjian ... Aiko's brother's wife


After the Sino-Japanese War, Kwei Dz, one of the family members of Japanese soldiers accepted a Chinese officer's proposal and remained in China. Later they had a daughter named Ann. The officer went to Hong Kong to work, leaving Kwei Dz and Ann in Macao. Kwei Dz, unable to communicate with her in-laws, much less accept their ways, became remorseful. Yet the worst problem she had was that Ann did not accept her as a mother. After Ann got a Master Degree in UK she went back to Hong Kong. Kwei Dz had been feeling very homesick for her mother country and decided to take Ann and return to Japan. In Japan, Ann began to understand her mother's pain because she did not understand Japan or the Japanese. Later a telegram from Canton arrived saying that Ann's grandfather had had a stroke. Upon seeing her to grandfather, Ann realized that, in spite of his now frail body, a body once tortured by Red Guards, he was so hopeful for China's future. Ann saw that China was now trying to find its own ... Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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A beautiful moving autobiography by the Hong Kong film director Ann Hui
8 March 2008 | by cewkorkSee all my reviews

SONG OF THE EXILE (Ke Tu Qui Hen or Hag To Tsau Hun) has to be one of my favourite films of all time. It's a moving autobiography by one of the best Hong Kong film directors, Ann Hui. This sentimental and nostalgic journey gives the audience a glance at prejudice, hatred and wars between nations, regrets, desperation and hope between peoples. The film describes the misunderstandings, relationships and love within a family. Despite the conflicts between politics and countries, when it comes down to a human level, can we put everything aside to embrace kindness to love one another? This film is beautifully shot and tells a universally recognised story of family relationship that will touch every viewer's heart.

The story is set in the 1970s. Returning to Hong Kong with a Masters Degree from London, a young Western-educated Chinese woman Hueyin (Ann Hui, played by Maggie Cheung) is involved in conflict and torn between her modern beliefs and traditional values. Through the mist of confusion, she finally finds the key to a better understanding to achieve the long withheld approval of her nagging mother. A short trip to Japan (her mother's homeland) turns out to be a turning point in their relationship.

During a visit to her beloved grandparents in Canton at the height of the Cultural Revolution, she is saddened by the hardship her grandparents have been through. Yet even at the lowest point of their disappointment at an uncertain future, her grandfather still has not given up on China, hoping the best for his granddaughter and for the country a bright future. But in her heart, she knows they are old. Will they live long enough to see this bright future?

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Cantonese | Mandarin | Japanese

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27 April 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Hong Kong, China See more »

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