at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The Legend of Lady Hill (Pan Dandayi)

The Legend of Lady Hill (Myanmar)
Wednesday, 5 February
6:30 p.m. – Korean Studies Auditorium

A Yee Myint Production
Myanmar, 2005, 133 minutes
Burmese and English with English Subtitles

THE LEGEND OF LADY HILL is a Burmese supernatural melodrama. When young rich city boy, Tun, visits the town Lady Hill and impetuously flirts with the pretty village girl, Thuzar, he unknowingly disrupts a village spirit ceremony. When Thuzar’s husband dies in an accident that evening, she and the rest of the village believe it is the vengeful punishment of, Ma Ma U, the protective spirit who guards the village. Thuzar and angry villagers blame the recalcitrant Tun and chase him from the village.

Twenty years later the repercussions of this sad event are still being felt. When Tun’s son, La Min, visits the same village and meets the beautiful Pha-yaung Ban, all sorts of trouble befalls them. Have the spirits cursed this couple? Or are more terrestrial forces working to keep them apart?

THE LEGEND OF LADY HILL is a soap opera love story transfused with Buddhist ethics and Myanmar’s rich religious culture. Scenes rich with traditional music and religious ceremony should please those with an interest in Burmese culture. This film was subtitled as part of the University of Hawaii’s Southeast Asian Film Translation Project and is the first subtitled Burmese language film available for public viewing in the United States.

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