CEAS Film Series

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Fantastic Realms in Japanese FilmAfterlife (Wandafuru raifu) Directed by Kore’eda Hirokazu, 1998 (118 min, English subtitles) A touching and thought-provoking exploration of the concept of life after death. Free and open to the public.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles.DV China Directed by Zheng Dasheng, 2002 (92 min) Since the early 90s, the villagers in Jindezheng, led by Zhou Yuanqiang, creative director of the local cultural center, have learned all the techniques of film production: script writing, casting, shooting, montage and even special effects. With great enthusiasm, they have already produced 18 serials even though they lack equipment and have a very limited budget. The energetic director Zhou Yuanqiang initiates a new challenge for his enthusiastic and amateur actors: their first...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles. Along The RailwayDirected by Du Haibin, 2001 (98 min) It was winter of 2000 in Baoji City of Shanxi Province when this documentary was first shot. A group of waifs and strays are playing on the dump ground of the railway station. These new peripheral people of modern China come from all over the country. In the daytime, they wander in the city and in the evening they sleep along railways. To make a living, they glean and collect scraps or empty bottles to sell for a few bucks. Among them, Zhou Fu has drifted to Baoji City...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Rare Classics of Japanese CinemaAll screenings have English subtitles.A Pot Worth One Million Ryo (Tange Sazen hiwa: hyakumanryo no tsubo) Directed by Sadao Yamanaka, 1935 (16mm) A delightful samurai comedy by the legendary Yamanaka Sadao, the cinematic genius who died at the age of 28. For More Information 20041001falljapanfilm_rareclassics.pdf

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles. The Sun in WinterDirected by Zhao Gang, 2002 (76 min) By the end of 20th century, the political system in rural China was evolving towards “democratic” autonomy at the village level. This was after having undergone the countryside gentleman’s administration system, the baojia system, the local autonomy system, the people’s commune system, and the household contract responsibility system respectively over the past centuries and millennia. It was winter during the Year of the Tiger when the revised Villager’s Committee Organization...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Fantastic Realms in Japanese FilmSpiral (Uzumaki)Directed by Higuchinsky, 2000 (104 min, English subtitles) Based on the manga by Itô Junji about a small town obsessed with spirals. Free and open to the public. For More Information 20050211springjapanfilm_aoyama.pdf

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles.Grandpa Jing and His Old CustomersDirected by Shi Runjiu, 2003 (55 min) Grandpa Jing is about to celebrate his 87th birthday. He is the most constant man. For his entire life, he has lived in the Shishahai District - the heart of the old Beijing - where he has been a barber for 70 years. Before 1949, Grandpa Jing owned a small barber shop on the commercial street of Di’anmen. Today, in spite of his old age, he continues to cut hair and shave beards. Instead of working his scissors in the barber shop, he now offers in-house service...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Fantastic Realms in Japanese FilmTo Die in the Country (Den’en ni shisu)Directed by Terayama Shuji (1974, 104 minutes, English subtitles) Playwright Terayama Shuji’s psychedelic masterpiece set in a dreamlike rural Japan.

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Rare Classics of Japanese CinemaAll screenings have English subtitles.Ino and Mon (Ani imoto) Directed by Sotoji Kimura, 1936 (35 mm) A pinnacle of 1930s cinematic realism by the leftist filmmaker Kimura Sotoji. For More Information 20041001falljapanfilm_rareclassics.pdf

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles.Out Of Phoenix Bridge Directed by Li Hong, 1997 (90 minutes, Ogawa Shinsuke Prize, Award of Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, 1997, Japan) Four girls from the countryside live in a tiny crammed room in Beijing. Long hours of hard work and miserable living conditions turn out to be the happiest years of their lives when they enjoy the most freedom. This prize-winning film follows their rising and falling hopes and dreams as they reluctantly return to the closed world of their hometowns and future husbands.China...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles.MarriageDirected by Liang Bibo, 1999 (80 min) In a village in the Qinling Mountains of Shaanxi Province, marriage is still a matter carried out in a very traditional manner following the so-called “six procedures.” This film captures the story of two couples going through the marriage process over the period of nearly a year, from the first proposal to the actual wedding. The matchmaker stands out as an indispensable character throughout the nuptial process.Old Yang Seeking Wife Directed by Jiang Ning, Camera: Li Lie, 2003 (76 min...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public. All films have English subtitles.Leave Me AloneDirected by Hu Shu, 2001 (70 min) Ye and her sister, Yang, work in a karaoke night club while their friend, Massagal, is a massage girl in a “barber shop” which is frequented by male customers, few of whom are there for a haircut. This film tells the story of three young prostitutes in a southern city in China. Today, girls such as Ye, Yang, and Massagal are particularly despised and abandoned by society. They are regarded as a kind of commodity that can simply be bought with money. Nobody really cares about their...

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Posted : August 30, 2013

143 minutes, B&W, 16mm, English Subtitles One of the centerpieces of Ogawa’s career was his series of films recording Sanrizuka farmers’ long struggle against the construction of the Narita Airport. Ogawa’s camera literally stands with the farmers behind the barricades in this action-packed document of their often bloody battles with armies of riot police. The second of four films by Ogawa Shinsuke. Another Village: The Radical Documentaries of Ogawa Shinsuke Ogawa Shinsuke was one of the pillars of postwar Japanese documentary, whose influence has spread throughout Asia. Pursuing...

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