Image: Neo Aik Yong
Post-Museum and Theatrex Asia present, as part of Singapore GLBT Pride Season
Who Claims 《东方不败》?
by Tan Shao Han and Richard Chua
Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia’s – better known as 林青霞 – or, according to others The Last Movie Star of the East (最后的明星), rendition of Tsui Hark’s （徐克）《东方不败》left an indelible image in many Asian gay men’s hearts, of how a man can successfully transform himself into a woman. But, more to that, every Asian gay man each has a story to tell; their own version of how 东方不败 is supposed to be, in their bodies. To others – especially straight men – Tsui Hark’s timeless classic has different meanings, as a line in the movie says it most aptly : 提剑挎旗挥鬼雨，白骨如山鸟惊飞，尘世如潮人如水,只看江湖几人回; the meaning of 江湖 as society, and how we live in this contemporary society. Shao – the straight man – will enter Tsui Hark’s world through this perspective talking about how the film has influenced his thoughts on ideas of masculinity, honour, duty and social responsibility, as he was growing up as a young man in Singapore; while, Richard Chua – the gay man – will use Brigitte Lin’s two famous lines in the movie – (1)我为天下人洒血断头，可是天下又有几人记得我东方不败？其实负心的，应该是天下人－ and (2) 所谓江山如此多娇，引无数英雄尽折腰 – as entry points into how he perceives the world against gay people who live within in.
Date: 22 August 2009
Time: 5.00pm to 6.30pm : Screening of Swordsman II (Studying the Film) – 6.30pm to 7.30pm : Dinner @ Food 03 – 7.30pm to 9.00pm: The Conversation
Event limited to 50 people. Those interested in viewing the film should RSVP using this form:
For those who are keen to attend the conversation, please kindly RSVP using this form:
In addition patrons will enjoy good discounts off food and drinks ordered at Food 03.
Patrons are encouraged to make a $20 donation to Food 03’s Soup Kitchen Programme. All monies will be donated to Post-Museum and Food 03. Please click on “Add to Cart”
Venue: Back Room, Post-Museum (Rowell Road, Little India)
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More on the Soup Kitchen Programme
The project is an initiative to feed the poor in Singapore. The primary target is the poor in the vicinity of Food #03 – Little India – including the homeless, cardboard and can collectors, old folks who live in 1-room flats and stranded foreign workers.
As Food #03 is closed every Monday, it is possible to operate the soup kitchen on Mondays. Whether we do it every week, fortnightly or once a month depends on how many volunteers there are.
The basic idea is that on the Sunday night prior, volunteers will go to the nearby market to gather vegetables which are meant to be thrown away. These will then be processed and cooked on Monday. And once the food is ready, it will be distributed to the needy on Monday night.
The Soup kitchen has distributed 71 meals since Feb 2009.