CEAS Film Series

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Street of Violence (Boryoku no machi)Directed byYamamoto Satsuo, 1950 (35mm, English subtitles)The Urban Jungle: The Modern City in Japanese FilmLong favored by an urban audience, the Japanese cinema has continued to explore the city as part of a larger question of what constitutes Japanese modernity. These three films, rarely screened outside Japan, share narratives of urban streets filled with jazz and violence, love and hope, frustration and protest, but offer varied stances and programs for dealing with both the city and perhaps its artistic correlate, the cinema. All Screenings have...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Japanese experimental filmmaker, Iimura Takahiko, renowned for his pioneering work in film and video art and his collaborations with artists like Yoko Ono, will be visiting Yale University on September 21 and 22, 2007 to present three programs of his works. One will feature a collaborative performance with musician Michael Pestel, another a screening of his video works coupled with a discussion of his writings on video semiology, and a third presenting his film works. Discussions will be led by Jonathan Hall of the University of California, Irvine.9/21 FILM SCREENING (WHC Auditorium):...

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Free and open to the public. All films will be screened in DVD format in Chinese with English subtitles. Blue Gate Crossing (藍色大門) Directed by Yee Chin-yen (易智言), 2002, 85 minutesThe setting of this film is modern-day Taiwan, the subjects, two girls and a boy attending the same high school. Popular Yuezhen has the hots for Shihao, the cute, spiky-haired star of the boy’s swimming team. Too shy to speak with Shihao, Yuezhen gets her best friend, tomboyish Meng Kerou, to act as a go-between. This is when things get messy. The boy develops a crush on the tomboy and the tomboy discovers she has...

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Dam Street (China, 2005) A young woman’s indiscretion causes her ostracism and a long struggle for redemption.The Global Film Initiative was founded in 2002 to introduce American audiences to remarkable stories from every corner of the world.PIER and the New Haven Free Public Library have coordinated a series of screenings at Henry R. Luce Hall and at various local library branches. Throughout the fall, films will be screened from Croatia, Indonesia, Argentina, China, Iraq, Chile, Algeria, and Mozambique. Please note that all films are recommended for mature audiences. For More Information...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

A Storming Drummer (Arashi o yobu otoko)Directed byInoue Umetsugu, 1957 (35mm, English subtitles)The Urban Jungle: The Modern City in Japanese FilmLong favored by an urban audience, the Japanese cinema has continued to explore the city as part of a larger question of what constitutes Japanese modernity. These three films, rarely screened outside Japan, share narratives of urban streets filled with jazz and violence, love and hope, frustration and protest, but offer varied stances and programs for dealing with both the city and perhaps its artistic correlate, the cinema. All Screenings have...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Both films have English subtitles. Free and open to the public.Modern Fortress BesiegedDirected 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婚姻是座围城,城里的人想出去,城外的人想进来。本片以2006年的上海为背景,在这座国际化的大都市中寻找现代围城的故事和进进出出的人们。在充斥着商业的现代都市,...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Utamaro And His Five Women (Utamato O Meguru Gonin No Onna)Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, 1946 (135mm, 87 min)Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three directors got their start in the silent-era and worked prolifically throughout Japanese cinema’s two strongest periods: the 1930s and the 1950s. The cornerstone of the series is a program of six films by Kenji Mizoguchi which traces the stylistic,...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Both films have English subtitles. Nostalgia Directed by Haolun Shu, 2006 (70 min.)Shanghai is filmmaker Haolun Shu’s hometown, where he also now lives and works. His family has an old house in Da Zhongli, one of Shanghai’s oldest neighborhoods. The Shu Family has lived there for three generations and Haolun’s grandmother still lives alone in the old house in Da Zhongli. Bad news comes that Da Zhongli faces a new round of so-called “Urban Reconstruction,” which means that the whole neighborhood is going to be completely demolished. It is then that Haolun decides to go back with a camera. This...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Ugetsu (Ugetsu monogatari)Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953 (35mm, 97 min) Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three directors got their start in the silent-era and worked prolifically throughout Japanese cinema’s two strongest periods: the 1930s and the 1950s. The cornerstone of the series is a program of six films by Kenji Mizoguchi which traces the stylistic, formal, and thematic development...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council on East Asian Studies and the Film Studies Program at Yale University are pleased to welcome to campusRenowned Chinese Film Director WU TIANMING and Producer LUO XUEYINGfor a Special Film WorkshopConsecutive translation will be provided during this workshop.Wu Tianming (吴天明) and Luo Xueying (罗雪莹), the director and producer of the 1996 film The King of Masks (1996), will offer their impressions of the aesthetic changes in Chinese cinema they have witnessed during the industrial and political shifts that have taken place in China over the past few decades. By virtue of Wu’s lengthy...

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Wife, Be Like a Rose (Tsuma yo bara no yo ni) Directed by Mikio Naruse (1935, 35mm, 74 minutes)The first Japanese talkie released in the United States, Wife! Be Like a Rose (also known as Kimiko) is Mikio Naruse’s finest pre-war film, a droll family drama in which Kimiko Yamamoto attempts to reunite her despondent poetess mother with her estranged father.Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three...

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Sansho the Bailiff (Sanshō Dayū) Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (1954, 35mm, 120 minutes) Mizoguchi’s adaptation of Mori Ogai’s novella depicts the exile of a compassionate governor in medieval Japan and the extended quest of his wife and children, who are separated while trying to join him. Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three directors got their start in the silent-era and worked...

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Sisters of the Gion (Gion no shimai) Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi (1936, 35mm, 47 minutes)Sisters of the Gion recounts the story of two geisha sisters who develop different responses to life in the working class district of Gion. Woman of Tokyo (Tokyo no Onna) Directed by Yasujiro Ozu (1933, 35mm, 47 minutes)One of Ozu’s last silent films, Woman of Tokyo takes place amidst the austerity of depression-era Tokyo and depicts the self-sacrificing love of a woman named Chikako for her younger brother.Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare...

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Both films have English subtitles. Free and open to the public. Blossoming in the Wind Directed by Sun Yuelin, 2005 (60 min.)As the debut work of the young filmmaker Sun Yueling, “Blossoming in the Wind” has won the Committee Nomination Prize at the 2005 Yunnan Multi Culture Visual Forum/Festival. It is an intimate and personal record of a blissful pilgrimage journey of Rinpoche, a Tibetan Living Buddha. Traveling with several disciples of his and the filmmaker, Ripoche heads for a Tibetan sacred mountain in Deqing, Yunnan Province. Marching on through sleet and snow, Ripoche...

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Story of the Last Chrysanthemums (Zangiku Monogatari) Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939 (35mm, 142 min)Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three directors got their start in the silent-era and worked prolifically throughout Japanese cinema’s two strongest periods: the 1930s and the 1950s. The cornerstone of the series is a program of six films by Kenji Mizoguchi which traces the stylistic,...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Free and open to the public.Beautiful Men Directed by Du Haiding, 2005 (98 min., English Subtitles) This documentary explores a gay bar in the city of Chengdu, Southwest China, and records a slice of the lives of three drag dancers on and off stage. Sister Sha, who was the bar owner and is now the joke of the troupe, still practices and manages to dance at the age of 47. Qingqing, a famous veteran dancer, married a girl and became the father of a baby girl. Xixi, the rising star, delicately maintains a relationship with his lesbian girlfriend, and plans a marriage for their parents. Every...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

Life Of Oharu (Saikaku Ichidai Onna) Directed by Kenji Mizoguchi(1952, 35mm, 144 minutes) Based on Saikaku Ihara’s novel, The Life of Oharu charts the tragic demise of Oharu, an attendant at the imperial court in 17th-century Japan. Japanese Film Masters: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio NaruseThis series offers a rare opportunity to explore the work of three of the undisputed masters of Japanese cinema – Kenji Mizoguchi, Yasujiro Ozu, and Mikio Naruse. All three directors got their start in the silent-era and worked prolifically throughout Japanese cinema’s two strongest periods:...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

The Council on East Asian Studies and the Film Studies Program at Yale University are pleased to welcome to campus Renowned Chinese Film Director WU TIANMING and Producer LUO XUEYING for a special screening of THE KING OF MASKS 变脸, 91 minutes, 1996, 91 minutes, 1996 Chinese with English Subtitles Introduction Provided by WU TIANMING Q&A Session following the film with WU TIANMING and LUO XUEYING The King of Masks tells a tale steeped in ancient tradition, simultaneously challenging the sociosexual inequity still plaguing China today. On the streets of Szechuan Province in the 1930s...

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SEOUL TRAIN - The gripping documentary by Incite Productions, Inc. into the life and death of North Koreans as they try to escape their homeland This special screening of SEOUL TRAIN will be followed by a Q&A session with Director/Producer Jim Butterworth - Co-founder & Co-principal, Incite Productions, Inc.; M.B.A., Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth Moderated by Dr. Jinhee Choi - Postdoctoral Associate, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale SEOUL TRAIN, with its riveting footage of a secretive “underground railroad,” delves into the complex geopolitics behind this growing and...

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Posted : September 13, 2013

High School Senior YearDirected by Zhou Hao, 2005 (95 min., English Subtitles)Free and open to the public.In the No.1 High School of Wuping County in western Fujian Province, 78 high school seniors have only one chance to advance to higher education, i.e. through taking the annual national entrance exam. Eighty percent of students in the school come from surrounding rural areas. Their parents tell them that if they don’t want to become farmers, the entrance exam to earn a higher education is their only chance to change their lives. The documentary records the hardworking, high-pressured, and...

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