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Girls' School <Digitally Remastered>


Director: Mimi LEE (李美彌)

1982|Taiwan|92min|Language: Chinese|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue
3/11 Fri 12:15 Cine Libre Umeda 4
3/19 Sat 10:10 Cine Libre Umeda 4
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CHIN Han (秦漢)
TIEN Niu (恬妞)
CHOU Dan-wei (周丹薇)
SHEN Yan (沈雁)
LIN Nan-shi (林南施)

Adolescence is a time of rich emotions and critical development and it is felt no more fiercely than in the firm friendship of Chih-Ting and Chia-Lin, two students in Pingtung Girls’ Senior High School. Whether inside or outside of class, they are always together. The tightness of their bond, however, excites jealous rumours about them being lesbians, something which creates a situation that puts their relationship to the test.

Girls’ School, along with Evening News, and Unmarried Mothers, were films independently produced and directed by Mimi LEE in the 1980s that were collectively dubbed the “Taiwanese Urban Female Trilogy.” Each work centred strong female characterisation and relationships. Girl’s School in particular explored bullying and single-parent households. While maintaining gender norms of the time period, the film features fully-fleshed out characters and flourishes of emotion brought home by superlative camerawork.

[Jason MAHER]