A series of films derived from literary works by eminent writers in Taiwan and Hong Kong will premiere in Hong Kong starting January 2016.
"The Inspired Island II,” the second series in a documentary program supported by the Ministry of Culture, will introduce the life and literary contributions of seven celebrated writers of the Chinese-speaking world:
Noted for his stream of consciousness novellas, novelist Liu Yichang (劉以鬯) and his literary world provided the basis for filmmaker Wong Kar-wai's (王家衛) "In the Mood for Love (花樣年華)” and "2046.”
Luo Fu (洛夫), a distinguished Taiwanese poet, is one of the most widely read contemporary poets on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
An alumnus of the renowned International Writers' Workshop in Iowa, Ya Hsien (瘂弦) is a vivacious poet and former deputy editor-in-chief of the United Daily News.
Essayist, translator, and scholar Lin Wen-yueh (林文月), who narrates with warmth and intelligence, counts the Executive Yuan National Cultural Award among her accolades.
Kenneth Pai Hsien-yung (白先勇), author of "Taipei People (臺北人)” and "Crystal Boys (孽子),” is known for his intuitive and lyrical approach that helped to bring forth Taiwan's modernist literary movement.
Because of the inclusion of her essay "Shops” in Hong Kong's popular educational materials, writer Xixi (西西) is known for her observations on the transitioning Hong Kong society.
Editor, columnist, and literary writer Yesi (也斯) was one of Hong Kong's most influential cultural figures who paid homage to the city that he loved by reversing the marginalization of Hong Kong literature.
‘The Inspired Island II' film series