Modern Fortress Besieged (现代围城) & Pai Gu (排骨)

Modern Fortress Besieged (现代围城) & Pai Gu (排骨)

Thursday, November 30, 2006 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Auditorium (Room 101), Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 6511

Both films have English subtitles. Free and open to the public.

Modern Fortress Besieged
Directed by Zhou Ye and Lu Ming, 2006 (45 min.)

Marriage is like a fortress besieged: those who are outside want to get in, and those who are inside want to get out. Set in Shanghai in 2006, this film traces the stories of the “fortress besieged” that is marriage and the people who get in and out the fortress. How does the modern business fortress influence and change people’s attitudes on marriage?

周叶,鹿敏《现代围城》 45 minutes, 2006


Pai Gu
Directed by Gaoming Liu, 2005 (106 min.)

The film focuses on a junior high school graduate named Pai Gu. He is from Jiangxi Province and sells pirated DVDs in Shenzhen to make a living. Pai Gu only sells “artistic films” and knows a tremendous amount about the filmmakers and their best films. However, he has never seen one. Pai Gu says that he possibly would not understand the films because of his poor educational background. He is more interested in those which reflect an average person’s everyday life. He likes soap operas, popular film stars, music, and pretty girls. While he has always expected romance in his life, he also tries to convince himself that people like him, who came from village without any educational background, have no chance to win true love.

刘高明《排骨》 106 minutes, 2005


Fall 2006 Chinese Documentary Film Series – Showcasing Films from REC Foundation’s REEL CHINA Biennial Film Festival

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