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Movie Night: April 2013 - March 2014

As one of the China Council’s educational programs, the objective of Movie Night is to facilitate further understanding of China-oriented affairs from the perspective of cinematic expression.

Join us at 6:00pm every second Tuesday of the month at the Red Robe Tea House (NW 3rd & Davis).  Order from Red Robe’s tantalizing array of teas, snacks and dinners available for your dining pleasure.  The venue will be reserved just for us; its rich and inviting interior, superb menu and thought-provoking films and discussions make for a year of memorable evenings steeped in Chinese culture. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5.

Here is the film schedule for the coming year:

April 9, 2013:  Beijing Bicycle (2001) - A heart-wrenching tale of a young man fighting the threats of blackmail, violence, envy and guilt in order to reclaim his employer-owned stolen bicycle.

May 14, 2013:
  Curse of the Golden Flower (2007) – Breathtaking fictionalized historical drama detailing the intricate saga of a royal family obsessed with love, ambition, betrayal, and … blood amidst the ostentatious grandeur of the Tang Dynasty royal court.

June 11, 2013Inner Senses (2003) – A woman undergoes treatment from a psychologist for her ability to see ghosts, and then when he also starts to see dead people, he has no choice but to confront demons from the past.  A provocative film that leaves viewers reflecting on the reality of ghosts.

July 9, 2013:  Piano in a Factory / Gang de qin (2010) – This is a light-hearted tale about a divorcing father who, in order to entice his piano-playing little girl to live with him, sets out to build a piano from scratch, relying upon a heap of scrap steel in a dilapidated factory, and the wary assistance of eccentric but loyal friends. 

August 13, 2013:  Raise the Red Lantern (1991) – A stark, unsettling story about an educated young woman in 1920s China who, as the new fourth wife of a wealthy nobleman, navigates the mores of this feudal household to finally discover the terrifying fate that traditionally awaits the family’s less-submissive women.

September 10, 2013Shanghai (2010) – Set against the backdrop of Japanese-occupied Shanghai right before Pearl Harbor, an American man struggles to make sense of a friend’s death, falling in love and a shocking secret about his own government.

October 8, 2013:  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011) – Based on the novel by Lisa See, this is a story of the lifelong friendship between two girls in 19th-century China who devise a secret code to bypass the rigid cultural norms of the time.

November 12, 2013:  Summer Palace (2008) – A politically and sexually-charged account of students during the Tiananmen Square protests.  Banned in China.

December 10, 2013:
  The Road Home (2007) – To honor his aging mother’s wishes for a traditional burial for his deceased father, a man carries him back to his home village, and along the way the tale of the young couple is poignantly recounted.

January 14, 2014:  Zhou Yu’s Train (2004) – Romantic drama about a passionate young ceramic artist who travels by train twice weekly to be with her lover but, at the same time, finds herself trying to resist the brash advances of a wise-cracking veterinarian.

February 11, 2014:  A Simple Life (2012) – An elderly woman, who has devoted her entire life to caring for five generations of the Leung family, relies on a remaining family member to help her into a nursing home, and finds that he’s there to care for her as she did his family.

March 11, 2014:  The Revolutionary (2011) - Sidney Rittenberg arrived in China as a GI Chinese language expert at the end of World War II. Discharged there, he joined the Chinese Communist Party, and was an active participant in the Chinese communist revolution and its aftermath. He gained prominence at the Broadcast Administration, one of the most important agencies of government. But in the convulsions of a giant country constantly reinventing itself, he twice ran afoul of the leadership, and served a total of 16 years in solitary confinement. He returned to the United States in 1980.

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