The Spokesperson 神仙代言人 DVD (CNEX) (Region 3) (Hong Kong Version)

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The Spokesperson 神仙代言人 DVD (CNEX) (Region 3) (Hong Kong Version)

Region Coding: Region 3 (Locked)

Director:
Xu Hui-Jing 許慧晶

Audio Tracks: 

Dolby Digital 2.0 (stereo)


Language: 
Mandarin 國語

Subtitles:
English, Traditional Chinese 繁體中文字幕, Simplified Chinese 簡體中文字幕

Running Time: 
97 minutes

Production:
CNEX (2015)

Distributor:
Deltamac (HK)

Release Date:
10 May 2018

Synopsis:
The village barber, Cuizhen, is a native of Zhangzi, a poor county in the western province of Shanxi, far from China's booming coastal regions. Her father passed away when she was 3 years old. When her mother remarried the following year, she brought Cuizhen and her two elder brothers to live with their stepfather, a respected party cadre in a district of Changzhi City. However, during the Cultural Revolution, her stepfather was found to have an "undesirable" family history, denounced as a class enemy, and forced out of the party. Afterwards, the family lived in constant fear, never certain if they would survive to see the following day.

When she was 19, Cuizhen found herself a poor migrant in Hongtong County, where she married another migrant, a man physically unfit for labor, and insufficiently motivated to better their lot in life. In a traditional Chinese society where filial piety is of paramount importance, and grown children are expected to support their parents and extended families, Cuizhen and her husband were castigated for their uselessness to the family. Furthermore, as migrants, Cuizhen and her family were shunned by the local citizens of Hongtong. Cuizhen struggled for acceptance by making new clothes and providing haircuts for her new neighbors, all free of charge. Over the last three decades, as she honed her skills and acquired a name for herself as both seamstress and barber, she has also forged lasting friendships. Though vastly improved from her days of uncertain survival, her life remained stubbornly ordinary.

In 2003, however, Cuizhen's life took an unforeseen and dramatic turn when she was allegedly possessed by Chairman Mao Zedong's departed spirit. When his spirit first possessed her, he had her don a military cap, tidy up her clothes, and march valiantly, spiritedly. From that moment on, she and Mao were united as one, living one life. She was reborn as his oracle, and bit by bit his possession of her buttressed her very being. Cuizhen attributes her current sense of security and life quality, both a far departure from her past, entirely to Chairman Mao's spirit in her.

However, Mao was not the only "new god" to have resurfaced in this village. Oracles possessed by the spirits of Mao Anying (the son of Mao Zedong), Zhou Enlai, Zhu De, and other heroes and legends from both home and abroad (including from Buddhist, Christian, and Catholic canon) all vied with Cuizhen in a growing turf battle for power and authority.

The turf battle reached a climax during her attempts to organize a deceptively simple memorial ceremony for Mao. How well she handled the trials and tribulations of this event could determine how well she and Mao ultimately secured the hearts of the people, amidst the cacophony of the other "new gods" clamoring to be heard.

理髮師翠珍原籍山西長子縣人,3歲父親去世,4歲和兩個哥哥隨母親改嫁,繼父原是長治市某區幹部,文革期間因成分不好被批鬥下臺成為階級敵人,一家人生活在恐懼之中且生存艱難。翠珍19歲嫁到洪洞縣,她丈夫也是外鄉人,腿腳不好也非常的懶惰,父母和親屬都看不起他們,無法支持起整個家庭。

翠珍一家,做為外鄉人,也一直受到當地人的排斥,為了獲得村民的接納和尊重用了10年時間使自己變成了毛主席附身靈媒,但同時村裡還有毛主席附身其他靈媒、毛主席兒子毛岸英附身靈媒、周恩來附身靈媒、朱德附身靈媒及其他傳統仙界、佛教、基督教、天主教和她爭奪地盤與信徒,再加上她的徒弟埋怨她傳藝不精與她反目成仇拆她的台,翠珍為毛澤東籌辦生日祭奠的過程一波三折,祭奠活動也成了各路大仙權利和地位的爭奪戰。

“別人都說世上只有媽媽好,翠珍卻說世上只有神仙好,媽媽不能一直跟著你,但神仙可以。”翠珍說,為了立足她幫鄰居做衣服、理髮等的無償服務,三十幾年來她讓自己學會了很多手藝,讓別人有用得到她的地方,以換取朋友和認同。從2003年毛澤東附身後翠珍慢慢硬朗起來,她覺得是毛主席給了她安全感,幫了她很多的忙,沒有毛主席就沒有她現在的生活。平時有很多村民找她算命和幫忙(有找不到媳婦,老婆不懷孕的,家庭矛盾,夫妻不和,家境不順,經濟困難,孩子升學當兵等等),她逐漸得到了村民的信任和依賴。

“人為神工作,神為人效勞,做人難,做神也難”,毛主席附她身的時候,翠珍要把軍帽戴好,衣角整理好,然後雄赳赳氣昂昂的走路,主席和她就成了一體。有一次主席和她說,“他在水晶棺了凍著好冷啊!穿多少衣服都很冷,好可憐啊!”

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