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Fall Film Festival Dates

Greetings all. I'm pleased to announce the dates for this semester's Film Festival. I'm also including information on each film.

The  theme this semester is Visions of Asia, to coincide with the campus diversity theme. All films start at 7:00 (with the exception of Spirited Away which will start at 6:30 for parents who want to bring their children) and will be shown in Swimmer Hall. As always, admission is free.

November 28     Blue Kite
November 29     Spirited Away
December 5      Chungking Express
December 7      Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Blue Kite (1993, Zhuangzhuang, Tian, 138 min. Not Rated) Chinese with English subtitles. The Maoist cultural revolution seen through the eyes of a child and the struggles and tragedy of his family. About simple people trying to survive in a vast political turmoil, the Blue Kite is a beautiful and powerful film that will not soon be forgotten.
 
Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki125 min. Rated PG) In English. An anime (animated) film from Japanese master Miyazki who has also made My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle. In the middle of her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and monsters; where humans are changed into animals; and a bathhouse for these creatures. A wonderful film for the whole family. Note: special starting time of 6:30 for parents who want to bring their children.
 
Chungking Express-(1994, Wong Kar-wai, 102 min. Rated PG-13) Chinese with English subtitles. Two stories, two lovelorn cops, two objects of desire: one a big-time heroin dealer in deep trouble with her bosses after the cargo disappears, the other a seriously flaky bartender who inadvertently gets hold of the keys to her admirer's apartment, all shot in a breathless kaleidoscope of color and hand-held camerawork to create a mesmerizing portrait of Hong Kong in the 1990s.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005 Chan-wook Park, 112 min. Rated R) Korean with English subtitles. The conclusion of his celebrated vengeance trilogy, Park’s Lady Vengeance is an entry in what has been called the cinema of Asian extreme. Lee Geum-Ja, goes to prison for abduction and murder, only to discover she was betrayed by her accomplice. While in prison, she carefully prepares for her revenge by winning the hearts of her fellow inmates with her kindness, thus earning herself the nickname 'kind Ms. Geum-Ja'. Upon her release from prison after 13 years, she finally sets out to seek revenge with the help of her former prison mates.
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