The Blood of Passion on the Volcano
(Loving Blood of the Volcano), (Fire and Blood)
Paul Fonoroff is a film critic, historian, collector, and expert on Chinese cinema.
Weihong Bao is an associate professor of East Asian languages and cultures and film studies at UC Berkeley.
Zheng Dali will be unable to attend this screening in person as originally announced.
Zheng Junli, Li Lili, Liu Jiqun, Tan Ying,
A warlord’s lusty nephew destroys a simple farming family’s pastoral idyll and sends its favorite son into tropical exile in Sun Yu’s delirious combination of Chinese peasant drama and Hollywood-style decadent island exotica. Brokenhearted after his family’s ruin, our hero (Zheng Junli) winds up in a South Seas hellhole seemingly borrowed from some leftover Lon Chaney film set, where saloon brawls, sleazy floor shows, and oblivion await him. A sultry dancing girl (Li Lili, in the Joan Crawford role) promises salvation, until the warlord’s nephew suddenly reappears—and that volcano starts to erupt.