Portrait of a Fanatic

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Portrait of a Fanatic
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MandarinKǔ Liàn
LiterallyBitter Love
Directed byWang Toon
Written byWu Nien-chen
Based onBitter Love
by Bai Hua
CinematographyLin Hung-chung
Central Motion Picture Corporation
Release date
  • October 22, 1982 (1982-10-22)
Running time
112 minutes

Portrait of a Fanatic is a 1982 Taiwanese period film directed by Wang Toon, adapted by Wu Nien-jen from Bai Hua's 1980 screenplay, which was first made into a film in mainland China that quickly received a ban there on orders of Deng Xiaoping himself. Part of China's scar literature, Bai Hua's story is set in mainland China and the United States. It follows the turbulent life of a patriotic Chinese painter from the 1930s to the 1970s, as he escapes Japan's bombings during the Second Sino-Japanese War, assassinations by the repressive Nationalist government during the Chinese Civil War, and after the founding of the People's Republic of China, the horrors of the Cultural Revolution when millions of intellectuals and artists were cruelly persecuted on trumped-up charges.

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