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Koo Cloud Theater June 2024



Special Collection from “Flowers Blooming in Spring”

LI Bao-Chun on Traditional Chinese Operas

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6/9 Legend of the White Snake

BAI Su-Zhen the White Snake by LI Guo-Jing

XU Xian by LI Bao-Chun

Fa-Hai the Monk by LIU Zhuo-Yu

Xiao-Qing the Green Snake by YANG Shu-Ching

Boatman by CHEN Ching-He

Crane Boy by HSU Po-Ang

Deer Boy by LIU Yu-Chang

Old Celestial of the South Pole by LI Yu-Hsuan

Little Monk by HSU Hsiao-Tsun

Qie-Lan by LIU Hsi-Jung

Jinhu(Head of Strings): LU Yu-Yong

Drum(Head of Percussions): LIU Yun-He

Duration: 150 minutes

Filmed on September 30, 2007, Novel Hall for Performing Arts, Taipei

A thousand-year-old white snake and her maid, Green Snake, transformed into Bai Su-Zhen and Xiao Ching to visit the famous West Lake. While there, they met a handsome young man, Xu Xian, in the rain. Sharing an umbrella, Bai and Xu fell in love and later got married.

A monk from Jin-Shan Temple tricked Xu into revealed his wife’s identity by giving his wife liquor in the Dragon Boat Festival. Seeing a snake in his bed, Xu Xian fainted. Bai Su-Zhen went to a sacred mountain for medicine and revived him. The monk later imprisoned Xu in the monastery to save his soul. Bai Su-Zhen, who was pregnant, and Green Snake fought the monk and his celestial guards, causing a flood and ran away.

The two snakes reunited with Xu Xian, who had fled the temple. Together they stayed with his sister, and Bai Su-Zhen gave birth to a son. A month later, the monk captured Bai Su-Zhen and imprisoned her under Lei-Feng Tower. Years later, Green Snake, with celestial help, took down the tower and rescued Bai Su-Zhen. Bai was able to reunite with her son.

 

6/16  Mu Gui-Ying: The Battle of Hongzhou

Yang Yen-Zhao was captured by enemy forces. His son, Yang Zong-Bao, rushed back to the capital city to request reinforcements from the emperor who, however, had no more troops to spare. Consequently, Duke Zhao De-Fun and Premier Kou Zhun begged Dowager She to let her daughter-in-law Mu Gui-Ying to lead the reinforcement troop, yet She was reluctant to obey because the emperor had not been a fair leader and because Mu Qui-Ying was pregnant.

Using his wit, Kou Zhun convinced Mu Qui-Ying to again fight for the state, with Yang Zong-Bao as her vanguard. Zong-Bao initially refused to follow Qui-Ying’s orders, prompting Qui-Ying to threaten his execution according to martial law. Yang Yen-Zhao and other generals pleaded for Yang Zong-Bao’s life. Ultimately, Zong-Bao lured the enemy into a trap, leading to the Yang’s final victory.

 

6/23 Princess Wen-Chen

During the reign of Emperor Tai-Zong of the Tang Dynasty, many neighboring states sought marriage alliances with the royal family. The court set up three difficult challenges for the envoys who bore the mission of asking for the hand of a royal princess of Tang. The envoy from Tibet, Lon Tongtsen, successfully passed all the challenges and won the emperor's approval. The talented and beautiful Princess Wen-Cheng volunteered to become the queen of Tibet.

With great determination, Princess Wen-Cheng embarked on her journey to Tibet. The journey was long and arduous. After her nurse fell ill, the crown prince who accompanied her to Tibet considered returning to Chang'an with everyone. Princess Wen-Cheng was torn, but the sincerity and affection of the Tibetan people encouraged her. The Tibetan king, Songzän Gambo, led a welcoming party to receive her. This marked the beginning of the magnificent historical marriage alliances between the Tang Dynasty and Tibet.

 

6/30 Li Kui Visited His Mother

LI Kui by LEE Ching-Fong

Madam LI by LI Zhao-Yun

SHIH Hung-Chun

LI Da by CHUANG Chiao-Wei

Madam LIU by LIN Shih-Ying

The story was adapted from the famous novel "Water Margin." Li Kui returned to Yizhou to take his mother to Liangshan. On the way, he met Li Gui, a robber pretending to be him. Li Gui, caught by Li Kui, begged for his life, claiming he had an elderly mother. Touched, Li Kui gave him silver and let him go. That night, Li Kui stayed at Li Gui's house, but Li Gui tried to kill him. Li Kui defended himself by killing Li Gui.

When Li Kui finally got home, he found his mother blind from crying and mistreated by his brother. He endeavored to take her to Liangshan. Tragically, his mother was eaten by a tiger on the way. Li Kui killed the tiger but was pursued by soldiers.