About the film
Release Date: October 08, 1970
|Genres||:||Drama, Fantasy, Romance|
|Production Companies||:||New Grand Films|
|Director||:||King Hu, Li Han-Hsiang, Lee Hsing, Pai Ching-jui|
|Writers||:||King Hu, Pu Songling, Li Han-Hsiang, Pai Ching-jui, Chu Hsiang-Kan, Chang Yung-Hsiang, Zhishan Li|
Directed by some of most well known Chinese-language directors of the time, the portmanteau film Four Moods was an attempt to alleviate Li Han-hsiang’s financial troubles during the late 1960s. Arguably one of his best works, King Hu’s short Anger is an adaptation of the famous Peking opera San Cha Kou; set to opera instrumentation and stylishly shot, the film deftly captures the tense showdown between political schemers, avengers and vagabonds inside an inn. Li Han-hsiang’s Happiness, inspired by the Strange Tales of Liaozhai, tells a tale of reprieve for a kind-hearted ghost, while Pai Ching-Jui’s Joy and Lee Hsing’s Sadness both explore the fateful encounters between mortal men and ghostly women.