Title

生命與愛 : 困惑與意義 = Life and love : puzzles and meanings

Streaming Media

Organizer

Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lingnan University

Document Type

Public Seminar

Date

1-29-2007

Time

2:00 p.m. -- 5:30 p.m.

Venue

嶺南大學林炳炎樓GE101室

Description

我們用肉眼來看,但沒有一個專注的心,雖然似是看到,卻其實是看不到。相反,當一個人失去了視力,他的心卻往往變得特別敏銳。很多瞎了眼睛的人更能人所不能,可以做到常人難以想像的事情。

《悲歌一曲》裏的松花,在失去了視力以後對生活與愛有了新的體會。她從倚賴別人變得更獨立堅強,更超越了悲喜,學會了淡然但勇敢地面向不可知的未來。在此之前,她曾因義弟的離開而耿耿於懷,鬱鬱不樂。她的義弟東戶因為不滿她們養父嚴苛的訓練和貧困的生活而離開,但其實在義弟離去之前,縱使生活條件欠佳,他們也不乏充實和愉快的時刻。弟弟得悉義父離世後,就因想念家人而到處尋找松花。顯然他既懷念著往昔的日子,也惦掛著松花。

這電影的主題是人對生活的執著。兩姐弟的義父對韓國的傳統歌謠十分熱愛,認為只要能充分表達到歌謠箇中真味,即使要挨饑抵餓也是值得的。他也十分渴望松花能與他分享其中的樂趣。片中的影像和歌謠深具震撼性。特別是兩姐弟重逢後整晚全情投入地唱歌擊鼓,以至於忘我一幕。此際,歌聲與鼓聲的交錯儼然是生命本身的呼喚。

We see with both eyes and the mind. If the mind is not there, you can have “eyes that do not see”. On the other hand, it is possible that when physical vision is lost the mind’s sensitivity rise to a level that otherwise cannot be achieved. So it is with Songhwa in Sopyonje (1993). She lost her vision because her father poisoned her. It is not clear that motivated him to do this. It may be that he had wanted her daughter’s mastery of pansori to reach a new height, and had believed that a sense of deep grief is necessary. It may be that he wanted to reinvigorate Songhwa, who had been too much preoccupied with the departure of her brother, who could not stand the high expectations of their foster father and the poverty and status as a pansori singer. In any case Songhwa regained herself, and was able to free herself from the preoccupation with her brother’s departure. On the other hand, her brother started looking for her and Yubong after a few years, having missed the “family”. After trying very hard for years, the brother eventually was able to find his sister Songhwa. He did not reveal his identity and Songhwa could not see him physically, but it is quite evident that she realized it was him. Both however preferred to leave the reunion unannounced. They sang in a dialogue of emotions, and they were both momentarily enlightened to flash of deep understanding that required little conversation.

The movie is all about passion: a man’s passion for traditional values, for perfecting the form of artistic expression called pansori through the voice, and for living truthfully and earnestlt the way he wanted, knowing well the sacrifices involved. The movie has striking images and sounds. There were scenes showing how totally absorbed were the singers in the singing to the beating of the drum, when they sang out the emotions of lovers who are willing to make huge sacrifices for their loved ones.

Additional Information

嶺南大學人文及社會科學研究所,跨學科講座系列2006-2007,韓國電影欣賞及講座系列 (4)

Recommended Citation

何濼生 (2007,1月29日)。生命與愛: 困惑與意義 [視頻]。檢自: http://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/41

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