CEAS Film Series

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Family 家族 Directed by Jia Ding, 2006 (56 min.)Shuangfeng (“Double Phoenix”) Village is a walled village of Tujia nationality in western Hunan Province. Full of descendants of the Peng household, this single-surname family village is several hundred years old. Divided into three sub-branches, Dafang (“big house”), Erfang (“second house”) and Sanfang (“third house”), the village is currently run by the latter two. The annual ancestral sacrificial ritual demands a presider and senior members of Erfang and Sanfang begin to compete for the position. At the same time, bi-annual democratic...

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Ohayo (1959, 94 minutes)Ozu Yasujiro RetrospectiveUniversally considered to be one of the great masters of Japanese (or any) cinema, Ozu Yasujiro had a remarkable career that crossed five decades. This weekly retrospective, co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Cinema at the Whitney, will provide a rare opportunity to see films from all periods of Ozu’s career, drawing attention to his playful humor as well as his formal genius and profound understanding of shifting family relations. All films will be screened in new 35mm prints. For More Information...

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Tokyo Twilight (Tokyo boshoku) (1957, 140 minutes) Ozu Yasujiro RetrospectiveUniversally considered to be one of the great masters of Japanese (or any) cinema, Ozu Yasujiro had a remarkable career that crossed five decades. This weekly retrospective, co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Cinema at the Whitney, will provide a rare opportunity to see films from all periods of Ozu’s career, drawing attention to his playful humor as well as his formal genius and profound understanding of shifting family relations. All films will be screened in new 35mm prints. For More ...

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Yin Ma Ferry 印马渡 Directed by Gong Xiangyang, 2006 (57 min.)In central Hunan Province, on the Cheshui River is the Yin Ma Ferry. Song Zhuchu, who is over fifty, has been here ferrying people for over thirty years. Three years ago, his wife abandoned their home, leaving the ferryman and his mute, intellectually handicapped son to make their home on the boat. Though living a poor life, Song deeply enjoyed the time spent with his son, and was trying to save 1000 yuan a year to build a pair of brick houses so his son could eventually marry. However, a tragedy struck this tiny family, further...

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Tian Li 天里 Directed by Song Tian, 2007 (96 min) Mr. Chen Guobin runs the Tianli Drugstore, a local hubbub of Guangming Village where villagers come to exchange news, play mahjong, drink, boast, quarrel, discuss daily events and spread gossip. The most recent talk has been on the triannually held village election…陈国彬是光明村天里屯“天里综合商店”的老板。“综合商店”不单单是个卖杂货的小店,也是村民们爱聚堆儿的地方。人们在他的店里搓麻将、打扑克、喝酒、吹 牛、吵架、发牢骚、发呆,谈论国家大事,扯东家长西家短。每天都有不同的人经过,不同的事情发生。最近村子里的大事就是三年一次的村委会换届选举……Idle People in Society 闲着 Directed by Zhang Weijie, 2006 (79 min)This documentary presents the life of four street performing singers from...

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Torch Troupes 火把剧团 Directed by Xu Xin, 2007 (110 min) “Torch Troupes” got their name during the Cultural Revolution, when traditional Sichuan Opera was prohibited in public and troupes could only tour remote rural areas, performing underground at night by torchlight. Today, the Opera struggles under different, yet just a difficult, conditions of survival. In 2001, six national Sichuan Opera companies were integrated into one that rarely performs. Smaller local troupes were dismissed. Today, the informal show troupes created by Sichuan Opera actors dismissed by national companies in 1990s...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Walk Cheerfully (Hogaraka ni ayume) (1930, 90 minutes silent)The Only Son (Hitori musuko) (1936, 87 minutes)Ozu Yasujiro RetrospectiveUniversally considered to be one of the great masters of Japanese (or any) cinema, Ozu Yasujiro had a remarkable career that crossed five decades. This weekly retrospective, co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Cinema at the Whitney, will provide a rare opportunity to see films from all periods of Ozu’s career, drawing attention to his playful humor as well as his formal genius and profound understanding of shifting family relations. All...

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We Are the…of Communism 我们是共产主义省略号 Directed by Cui Zi’en, 2007 (94 min.) The Yuanhai Migrants Children’s School is suddenly closed for unknown reasons. The students manage to have classes first in a ruined manufactory then in the street. Unfortunately, even these makeshift classrooms are taken away one after another. From summer to winter, the number of students drops from 720 to 16. Many either move to more expensive schools farther way or simply return to their rural hometowns. Winter settles further in. Students below third grade can only have classes in a minibus. Those from grade four to...

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The Lady and the Beard (Shukujo to hige) (1931, 76 minutes, silent)I Flunked, But… (Rakudai wa shita keredo) (1930, 64 minutes, silent)I Graduated, But… (Daigaku wa deta keredo) (1930, 11 minute fragment, silent)Ozu Yasujiro RetrospectiveUniversally considered to be one of the great masters of Japanese (or any) cinema, Ozu Yasujiro had a remarkable career that crossed five decades. This weekly retrospective, co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Cinema at the Whitney, will provide a rare opportunity to see films from all periods of Ozu’s career, drawing attention to his...

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2:00 PM A Tale of Two Sisters Directed by Kim Ji-woon, 2003 (115min) Adapting a Korean fairytale to one of the most dreadful gothic horrors, Kim Ji-woon, master of all genres, casts outrageous puzzles of desire and psyche that implode a teenage girl’s Oedipal circuit. The stylistic trigger of the “sad beautiful horror” that has yielded not a few epigones in Korea. 4:15 PM Sympathy for Mr. VengeanceDirected by Park Chan-wook, 2002 (129min) The internationally acclaimed director Park Chan-wook’s most radical film in the “vengeance trilogy,” followed by Oldboy. This hardboiled thriller with...

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Late Autumn (Akibiyori) (1960, 125 minutes)Ozu Yasujiro RetrospectiveUniversally considered to be one of the great masters of Japanese (or any) cinema, Ozu Yasujiro had a remarkable career that crossed five decades. This weekly retrospective, co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Cinema at the Whitney, will provide a rare opportunity to see films from all periods of Ozu’s career, drawing attention to his playful humor as well as his formal genius and profound understanding of shifting family relations. All films will be screened in new 35mm prints. For More Information...

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My Dear 亲爱的Directed by Gu Yaping, 2007 (82 min.)My Dear records the filmmaker’s inner journey in search of herself as well as her relationships with several other similar urban women artists. It seeks to understand their struggles in and out of marriage, their confusion in face of conflicts between their ideals and their realities, as well as their tense friendships, which go through moments of mutual caring, understanding and discord. My Dear has been selected at the 2007 Oxdox: MK International Documentary Film Festival as well as nominated for competition at the 2007 Yunnan Multi Culture...

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James Millward will introduce and discuss The Emperor and His Brother (1972, 102 min). Emperor Chien Lung is not the emperor by birth since he was exchanged as a newborn infant with the previous emperor’s newborn daughter. He learns the truth when two senior members of the Hung Hua society, a subversive anti-Qing movement, secretly contact him years later with hopes of enlisting his aid in fighting the real Qing.Films of Fury Series on Martial Arts Cinema - Spring 2008 CEAS China Film Series

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Film Screening, Introduction and Q&A with Director Hu JieIn Search For Lin Zhao’s Soul (Xun Zhao Lin Zhao De Ling Hun)Directed by Hu Jie (China, 2004. 115 min., Mandarin with English subtitles)This film traces a story that happened 40 years ago. Lin Zhao, a student of Beijing University, was among the first to fight dictatorship after 1949 in an open, self-conscious, and sober way. During the Red Terror, she grew from a pure, loyal follower into a valiant fighter. She was imprisoned for 8 years and although deprived of pen and paper, she left hundreds of thousands of words written in her...

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David Desser will deliver a lecture about “5 Fingers of Death” (1972, 104 min.), following the screening. After a number of false starts in the 1950s and 60s, the cinema of Hong Kong shot to international box-office success in 1973 with a poorly dubbed, violent martial arts revenge saga with the intriguing title of “5 Fingers of Death” (a more dramatic, if less accurate title than the original English-language moniker of “King Boxer). Though extremely competent in its direction and martial arts choreography, “5 Fingers of Death” was also fairly typical of the martial arts movies of the early...

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Luxury Car (Jiang Cheng Xia Ri)Directed by Wang Chao (China, 2006, 88 minutes, 35 mm, Mandarin and Wuhanese with English subtitles)In this emotionally taut narrative, Li Qi Ming travels from his small village to the city of Wuhan, determined to fulfill his wife’s last wish of seeing her son. But instead of finding his son, he discovers his daughter working as a karaoke bar escort, forcing him to come to terms with their long-estranged relationship and the tenuous future of his family. Director Wang Chao uses Li Qi Ming to represent the painful reality of thousands of parents who have lost...

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12:00 PM Epitaph Directed by Jeong Brothers (2007, 98min) Split between the height of the Japanese colonial period and the last days of Park Chung Hee’s “Yusin” regime, Epitaph screens the horror and violence of the return of repressed personal and political pasts. Intensely haunting but elegantly subdued, the film marks the debut of the Jeong Brothers and gives testament to both their erudition and inventiveness with the horror genre. *Snack available during intermission!* 2:00 PM Save the Green Planet Directed by Jang Joon-whan (2003, 118min) A young worker’s megalomania to save the...

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Special screening and Q&A with Director and Filmmaker Sue WilliamsStarting in 2004 Sue Williams began filming nine Chinese Gen X’ers at home and at work, returning once a year to record the changes in their lives. The film tracks four wildly ambitious graduates, a media savvy hip hop artist, two migrant workers living precariously on society’s edge, a dedicated medical resident and a courageous environmental activist.What happens along the way is surprising: some find themselves torn between traditional culture and tantalizing new opportunities; several begin the heady ride to wealth and...

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REEL China Documentaries: Documentaries on issues in contemporary China by Chinese filmmakers and directors: For More Information 20080919falljapanfilm_yasujiroinfo.pdf

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Early Summer (麦秋 Bakushū)(1951, 112 minutes)A Straightforward Boy (Tokkan kozo)(1929, 14-minute short, silent)Make Way for TomorrowDirected by Leo McCarey (1937, 91 minutes)Ozu Yasujiro RetrospectiveUniversally considered to be one of the great masters of Japanese (or any) cinema, Ozu Yasujiro had a remarkable career that crossed five decades. This weekly retrospective, co-sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies and the Cinema at the Whitney, will provide a rare opportunity to see films from all periods of Ozu’s career, drawing attention to his playful humor as well as his formal...

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