A dying old lady (the legendary Taiwanese actress Sylvia Chang) reminisces about her happier moments. Her daughter, Hui Ying, decides to move her father’s grave from his hometown to beside her mother’s grave. However, his first wife, who has looked after the grave for years, doesn’t approve, and their disagreement ends up becoming a problem for the whole town. Hui Ying’s daughter, Weiwei, works at a broadcasting company. After showing a video clip of a scuffle between her mother and step-grandmother to her colleagues, it becomes local news, and much gossip ensues.
Superbly portraying diverse consequences and delicate sentiments in a metaphor for modern Chinese history, LOVE EDUCATION follows three women of different eras. Hui Ying, the core character, representing those who experienced the industrialization of the 1980-90s evokes deep sympathy from Asian viewers with similar experiences: being unable to resolve differences with their parents’ generation and communicate with their children’s generation. The music is remarkable, especially in the scene with a couple having a conversation set to the song “Huafang Guniang”, by legendary Chinese rock singer Cui Jian (Choi Geon to Koreans) on the radio in the background. With profound resonance, this stirs nostalgic sentiments for the ’90s, which must be special to Chinese viewers.
-Busan International Film Festival