Stage Sisters (1965), addresses the issue of the challenges faced by women in the society. In the film, I see that women are portrayed to be weak and have no option but to depend on their men for support among other needs. However, not all women are represented as being weak, some are revolutionary and are aware of how the world perceives them. With this knowledge in mind, they fight against oppression. Yet, other women are oblivious of the things that happen around them (Jin). In the movie, Chunhua plays the role of a revolutionary woman while Yuehong plays the role of an unconscious woman. In this film, the actors utilize Shoxing’s theatrical world to illustrate the social and political prejudices that women face (Marchetti). To indicate the oblivious nature of Yuehong, she falls for her stage director and even gives up on her friendship with Chunhua. Later on, she is humiliated and left in the streets, but Chunhua rescues her. Chinua shows the theme for revolutionary where she pledges to pursue her career regardless of the hostile nature of the male dominated society.
My argument is supported by Marchetti (Chapter two: Two Stage Sisters: The Blossoming of a Revolutionary Aesthetic) who observes that “in Two Stage Sister’s film, theme focuses on the lives of women and portrays that they are filled with both oppression and hardship and the potential they have in transforming their circumstances” (95-106). Equally important, the author observes that Xie Jin has always taken the lead in exploring how women are exploited in different positions in both political and social platforms (95-16). Chunhua and Yuehong played the role of indicating both hardships and oppression.
Marchetti, Gina. “Two Stage Sisters: The Blossoming of a Revolutionary Aesthetic Chapter.” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media. Vol. 1, no. 1, 1989, 95-106
Jin, Xie. “Stage Sisters (1965).” YouTube, uploaded by James P., August 8, 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYfME4FwWTg