Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Pollock Theater, UCSB

Beautiful Duckling (1964)

Screening Format: 35mm film

Film Credits

Directed by Li Hsing

Written by Chang Yung-hsiang

Starring Tang Pao-Yun, Ko Hsiang-Ting

The event is free, but a reservation is recommended in order to guarantee a seat.

"The first time I think I ever cried in a movie theater was watching Lee Hsing’s Beautiful Duckling." --Tsai Ming-liang

Join us for a rare 35mm screening of a classic film from the golden era of Taiwan cinema, with special guest, screenwriter Chang Yung-hsiang. UCSB Professor Michael Berry will lead a discussion with the renowned screenwriter of over 100 films.

Winner of the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography at the 1965 Golden Horse Awards, Beautiful Duckling is one of the true classics of Taiwanese cinema. Set on an idyllic duck farm in rural Taiwan, Beautiful Duckling tells the story of Lin Tsai-tien (Ko Hsiang-Ting) and his adopted daughter Hsiao-yue (Tang Pao-Yun), whose lives are turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious stranger named Chao-fu (Ou Wei). The film launched a new genre in Taiwan called “Healthy Realism,” which was intended to emulate European New Wave movements like Italian Neo-Realism, while injecting a healthy dose of traditional Confucian values and espousal of government modernization policies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Taiwan Academy, East Asia Center, Department of East Asian Languages & Cultural Studies, Center for Taiwan Studies, and the Film and Media Studies Department.


Chang Yung-hsiang(b. 1929) is the screenwriter for more than 100 feature films and numerous television miniseries. He is a five-time recipient of the Best Screenplay award at the Golden Horse Film Festival and has contributed to some of the greatest classics of Chinese-language cinema, including Beautiful Duckling, Home Sweet Home and Execution in Autumn. During the 1980s and 1990s he served as an executive at CTS, one of Taiwan’s major network television stations where he oversaw such programs as Bao Qingtian.

Michael Berry is Professor of Contemporary Chinese Cultural Studies and Director of the East Asia Center at UCSB. He is the author of Speaking in Images: Interviews with Contemporary Chinese FilmmakersA History of Pain: Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and Film, Jia Zhangke’s Hometown Trilogy and Boiling the Sea: Hou Hsiao Hsien’s Memories of Shadows and Light. Berry is the translator of several novels and co-editor of Modernism Revisited (Rye Field, 2015) and Divided Lenses (Hawaii, 2016). 

Special related event:

50 Years of Taiwan Cinema: A Panel Discussion

Featuring Dominic Cheung (USC), Austin Hsu (Taipei Film Archive), Edwin Chen (Taipei Film Archive), Michael Berry (UCSB)

May 4, 2016; 2:00-4:00PM

Location - McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

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