On the other Side of the Bridge
When I watched the movie Finny’s Smile
I was engaged with the struggle for my dissertation last year in the UK.
And today, one year later, the memories of last summer rushing into
my mind, just as I am dragged back into that movie, the engaging fragments
Finny’s Smile appear once again…
The movie uses a true story to show that 60-year marriage of an Austrian
woman (Finny) and a Chinese man (Ma Yunlong). It is also linked to an
image of the spread of social, cultural, and historical transformation across
the last several decades in China.
It is faith in love that I gained from that case, something deeply felt with
almost mystical conviction to such a degree that everlasting love becomes
The astounding and moving journey of Finny’s smile gets with
by the arrival of the heroine Finny in China with one-way ticket
across the sea on a sunny afternoon.
About 60 years ago, Mr. Ma Yunlong, with a decorated Sedan Chair
(花轎), had the luck to marry Miss Finny, an Austrian lady, in the county
of dongyang, Zhejiang (浙江東陽).
Ma Yunlong arranged her wife-to-be in the Sedan Chair so she could
be safe on their way to pass by the single-plank bridge over fast flowing
rapids, smiling at the realization that how happy she was to be with a
man, like Yunlong when she lift a corner of the Sedan curtain to look
at his back carrying a pole of the Sedan before her…
It is another impressive scene displayed in the adventure of their love
that drove Finny to have crawled over the bridge for her first time
after their marriage for delivering Christmas dinner to Yunlong who
was in political isolation under the Cultural Revolution.
It was 1990, Ma Yunlong passed away of illness.
The movie ends with Finny and her Children lifting Yunlong’s coffin,
approaching the single-plank bridge. The scene, the Sedan Chair of her
marriage with her husband marching from the other end of bridge were
back again, just like before.
Everlasting marriage is a bit of a sore subject in the world today. We
are at the present day passing through a somewhat confused period, when
many people have sceptical doubt over their beliefs in marriage of the
past standards. This leads various troubles, despair, remorse, and cynicism:
high divorce rate, single parenthood, and love affairs…. I believe this blind
sceptic to be very largely due to mistaken views of love, and mistaken views
In short, happiness with love depends on internal faith and efforts instead
of external impact.
With much love