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Unmarried Mothers

LEE Mi-mi

  • Taiwan
  • 1980
  • 94min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

International Premiere

SYNOPSIS

After her boyfriend refuses to take responsibility for her pregnancy, Hsiao-Peng jumps into the ocean out of desperation. Fortunately, she is safely rescued, and her parents arrange for her to stay in Madam Pai’s maternity home for young single mothers. 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

Hsiao-Peng becomes pregnant, but her boyfriend refuses to take responsibility, leading her to attempt suicide. After being rescued, she ends up in an unmarried mothers’ shelter run by Madam Pai. There, she interacts with various women who are in the shelters for many different reasons. As her due date approaches, Hsiao-Peng and the women at the shelter face decisions about their futures. Unmarried Mothers, a 1980 film by Lee Mi-mi, is part of the Taiwan Urban Women Trilogy, including Evening News and Girls’ School (1982), screened at SIWFF last year. Although Unmarried Mothers does not explicitly deal with queer themes like Girls’ School, it shares the common theme of portraying women’s community stories that address serious social issues within the framework of melodrama. The film’s main subject is unwed pregnancy. While it provides a relatively safe romantic and happy ending for the protagonist, the film examines the multiple oppressions young women face in 20th-century East Asian society. Unlike many melodramas of its time, Hsiao-Peng and her friends do not fall into unnecessary sentimentality and guilt but instead choose their paths independently. [Djuna]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
209 2023-08-26 | 11:00 - 12:34 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9
512 2023-08-29 | 16:30 - 18:04 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3

Director

  • LEE Mi-mi

    Mi-Mi Lee made her directorial debut in 1972 with Pure Love after working in the industry for years. She continued to self-produce three features in the early 1980s, dubbed as the “Taiwanese Urban Female Trilogy”. She was highly involved in the creation of the script and worked behind the camera. 

     

Credit

  • ProducerMA Hen-ing
  • Cast KUEI Ya-lei, LUNG Jinner, HUA Fang, CHANG Ying-chen, LIANG Hsiu-shen
  • Screenwriter CHIU Kan-Chein, SHUN Tsoon-hwa, LIU Jessey
  • Cinematographer LIN Jyh-Jung
  • Editor LIN Shan-liang
  • Production Design LIU Hsin-cheng

CONTACT

Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute | YUN Rita  | ritayun@tfai.org.tw