Category Archives: Chinese Film Night 中国电影之夜

April 19th: “喜宴 (The Wedding Banquet)”

Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung’s parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung’s parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications….
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March 29th: “枼问 (Ip Man)”

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him…
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March 1st: “唐山大地震 (Aftershock)”

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. Yuan Ni is forced to decide between saving her son or daughter and she chooses Fang Da. However, her daughter Fang Deng overhears her mother’s choice and miraculously survives. The family is finally reunited at Yuan Ni’s home,…
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February 22nd: “畫皮 (Painted Skin)”

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers. An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her kingdom crumbles in this lavish…
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October 26: “一个也不能少 (Not One Less)”

The 13 year-old peasant girl Wei Minzhi is pressed into being “Teacher Wei” at a small rural elementary school when the regular teacher must take a month off.  When the class trouble-maker quits school and heads for the city to find work, Wei schemes ways to get him and bring him back. Directed and produced…
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October 5: “狼图腾 (Wolf Totem)”

A Chinese student from Beijing is sent to Inner Mongolia to teach shepherds and instead learns about the wolf population, which is under threat by a government apparatchik.  Based on the autobiographical novel by Jiang Rong 姜戎, Wolf Totem was coproduced by the China Film Group and the French-based Reperage. This film will be shown in Breland…
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September 14: “英雄 (Hero)“

Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke’s assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BCE.  This 2002 film is a visual feast and won a number of awards for its colorful cinematography. This film will be shown in Breland Hall Rm. 173A at…
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April 26: “葉問 (Ip Man)”

This biographical kung fu movie tells the story of Ip Man, the grand master of Wing Chun style who famously taught Bruce Lee.  Starring kung fu star Donny Yen (who recently appeared in the new Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One), Ip Man was well received in China and has seen two sequels.  In this first film, Ip Man…
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April 12: “画皮 (Painted Skin)“

This award-winning action romance is set in a fantastical reimagining of the early Han Dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE).  Warriors and demons must deal with life, death, and love on the border of Han civilization. The film was a monumental success in China and a sequel is currently in the works. This film will be shown in…
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March 15: “人再囧途之泰囧 (Lost in Thailand)”

This hilarious and absurd comedy is immensely popular in China.  It portrays two competing scientists and an over-eager tourist visiting Thailand.  Shenanigans ensue, but the film all leads to an uplifting conclusion. Despite, or maybe because of, its lack of pretense, the film was a critical success in Asia.  It was the first Chinese film…
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