China Onscreen Biennial: Feng Shui (万剑穿心): North American Premiere
Part of the UCLA Confucius Institute's inaugural China Onscreen Biennial （银幕中国双年展）project, an unprecedented bicoastal collaboration among seven distinguished American educational and cultural organizations to promote US-China dialogue through the art of film. October 13-31, Los Angeles | October 26-11, Washington, DC
Sunday, October 28, 2012
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
UCLA Film & Television Archive Billy Wilder Theater, The Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Director: Wang Jing. Screenwriter: Wu Nan. Based on a novel by Fang Fang. Cinematographer: Liu Younian. Production Designer: Bai Hao. Editor: Feng Wen. Sound: Wang Changrui. Composer: Yang Sili. Cast: Yan Bingyan, Jiao Gang, Chen Gang.
With a studious, young son and a husband with a steady job, Li Baoli seems poised for upward mobility and a happy family life. And yet the Wuhan shopkeeper’s helper seems incapable of inner peace. Viewed with grave concern by family and friends, she harasses and belittles her husband until he is driven to extremes, whereupon life takes a drastic turn. Director Wang Jing renders this family story with shrewdness and compassion, locating the seeds of trouble in powerful crosscurrents of class and gender. Award-winning actor Yan Bingyan delivers a knockout performance as Li Baoli, a woman perpetually clouded with confusion as to why her life is in such disarray. – Shannon Kelley
HDCAM, color, Putonghua with English subtitles, 120 min.
Tickets: $10 online. $9 general admission, $8 for non-UCLA students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required) if purchased at the box office only. Free admission for UCLA students (current ID required); free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office until 15 minutes before showtime, or the rush line afterwards. Online tickets available at www.cinema.ucla.edu/calendar; click on the individual program. Parking: Museum parking lot; enter from Westwood Blvd, just north of Wilshire. $3 flat rate after 6:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays and all day on weekends. Information: www.cinema.ucla.edu, 310.206.8013
Sponsor(s): Confucius Institute, Center for Chinese Studies