A Ilha dos Amores (1982)


This film depicts the life of the 19th-century Portuguese writer Wenceslau De Moraes by means of nine ancient ballads from China. The writer married a Chinese woman after he left his wife and family to go live in Macao. Later, he moved to Japan where he fell in love with a Japanese woman, staying in Japan for the rest of his life. Mixed in with the career and loves of Moraes is the history of Portugal at home and in its colonies.

Director: Paulo Rocha.
Writers: Paulo Rocha, Jorge L. Nieto, Sumiko Haneda.
Stars: Luís Miguel Cintra, Clara Joana, Zita Duarte, Jorge Silva Melo, Paulo Rocha, Yoshiko Mita, Atsuko Murakumo, Jun Toyokawa, Erl Tenni, Lai Wang.

1982 Cannes FIlm Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.


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One Comment

    August 24, 2021

    Hmmm . . . something which at times feels like Kenji Mizoguchi, and at times like Carl Dreyer. Fascinating.

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