Asia and the Pacific Screens
Floating Life 浮生
5:30pm - 7:30pm
01 Jul 2015
The Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU
Directed by Clara Law
1996, 96 mins, Australia
Cantonese and English, with English subtitles
Mr Chan and his wife relocate from Hong Kong to suburban Australia in order to stay closer to their daughter, Bing, who lives in Sydney. Other members of the Chan family have remained in Germany and Hong Kong, but the parents of the Chan clan try to settle in Australia, along with two younger sons. However, their presence creates tension that threatens to fracture the family altogether. Narrated from the perspective of each child in the family, this acclaimed film explores one Hong Kong Chinese family’s attempt to keep their family together in a very different place, to often hilarious, yet ultimately poignant effect.
This film is part of Asia and the Pacific Screens Season Four: Roots & Routes, sponsored by the Australian Centre on China in the World.