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NARRATIVE FEATURE | 120 MIN | 2006

THE GREEN HAT

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"What is love?" a jilted young man who has held a telephone operator hostage desperately asks a Beijing police officer. The question lingers in the middle-aged officer's head as he goes to his doctor, who prescribes the popular blue pill to help with his sex life. The Green Hat is the Chinese term for a cuckold, and in Liu Fen Dou's film, the comic tragedy of a deceived man is given a spare, cool treatment. Shorn of all conventional visual or location color, The Green Hat is sharply observant and revealing of yet other details, as the middle-aged man takes on layer upon layer of humiliation when he is finally forced to confront his wife's infidelity, his loveless marriage, and the careless swagger of his wife's stud lover. The deliberate pace of this astonishing film, matched by unsparing cinematography, holds us in a helpless fascination as Liu takes us through the powerlessness, desperation, and cold humor in the lot of the cuckolded husband. And all the while the dreadful question hangs in the air: "What is love?"
Film Information
Year: 2004
Length: 120 minutes
Language: Chinese
Country: China
Premiere: Unknown
Cast & Credits
About the Director(s)
Beijing native Liu Fen Dou is currently working on his second feature. He made his directorial debut with 2004’s The Green Hat, winning Best Narrative Feature at Tribeca 2004. He wrote Spring Subway, Best Asian Film winner at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards and Shower, recognized as best film by the Seattle International Film Festival in 2000. His other screenplay credits include A Beautiful New World (1998) and Love Spicy Soup (1997).

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