Contemporary Chinese Film Series

Monday, October 10, 2005 - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

FREE! In recognition of the continuum between cinema and the performing arts, the Kennedy Center offers showings of eight contemporary Chinese films over three weeks.

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In recognition of the continuum between cinema and the performing arts, the festival includes showings of eight contemporary Chinese films over three weeks: Gone Is the One Who Held Me Dearest in the World; Warriors of Heaven and Earth; Nuan; Kekexili; A Time to Love; Together; Goddess of Mercy; and Rushing Out of Amazon. 

Mondays, October 10 & 17 and Wednesday, October 26

General admission tickets will be distributed, up to 4 per person, per film, during regular Box Office hours beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 9, 2005. Tickets are limited and subject to availability. There is no free parking for persons picking up tickets for free events. 

There will be English subtitles for all films.

12 p.m.: Kekexili--Directed by Lu Chuan, 2004, 90 min.
3 p.m.: Gone is the One Who Held Me Dearest in the World--Directed by Ma Xiaoying, 2002, 100 min.
6 p.m.: Warriors of Heaven and Earth--Directed by He Ping, 2003, 125 min.
9 p.m.: Nuan--Directed by Huo Jianqi, 2003, 102 min.

6 p.m.: Rushing Out of Amazon--Directed by Song Yeming, 2002, 98 min.
9 p.m.: Goddess of Mercy--Directed by Ann Hui, 2004, 110 min.

6 p.m.: Together--Directed by Chen Kaige, 2002, 116 min.
9 p.m.: A Time to Love--Directed by Huo Jianqi, 112 min.


A Time to Love
A love story that should not have happened.  But the Great Cultural Revolution fathered it.  As memorable as Romeo and Juliet, their love tied with the same intrusion from their families – the hatred.  Until one day, they watched Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.  It inspires them.  It gives their juiceless love story the hope for fruit.  It brings them the determination to bridge through time setting aside the hatred.  The same gives them a wait of 12 years.  12 years of changing time, changing era.  Friends come and go.  Songs sang become old.  How much longer for their love can they hold?  How much longer for their love with beautiful memory and unforgettable days can they hold?

Rushing Out of Amazon
The subject matter of this film was from the actual experiences of two young military officers of special troops of airborne troops of our army who were assigned to Venezuela of South America to accept training of "Hunter School" organized by international military organization and it characterized a new feature of Chinese army men who was heroic to step to the world in the new open and reform times after it was processed by the art.  The film described they were always loyal to their motherland and people in front of the hard training and difficulties with their hard-bitten will and heroic spirit and experienced life and death test of the national flag.  This is a modern actual subject matter film which carries forward the stateliness of the country and army.  

Warriors of Heaven and Earth
Set in the ferocious Gobi Desert, the story follows two protagonists, Lieutenant Li and Japanese emissary Lai Qui – both first-class warriors and master swordsmen.  After decades of service to the Chinese Emperor, Lai Qi longs to return to Japan, but is instead sent to the West to chase wanted criminals.  His only passport back to Japan is to capture and execute Lieutenant LI, a renegade soldier wanted for refusing orders to kill female and child prisoners during a violent mutiny.  Li and Lai Qi battle, but finally agree to delay their final personal flight until the caravan carrying Minzhu and a Buddhist monk is brought to safety.  The monk, however, is carrying a sacred and powerful pagoda that attracts the attention of the region's ruthless overlord, Master An.  Lai Qi and Lt. Li, accompanied by Li's former posse of soldiers, who have forsaken their peaceful new lives to return to his side, must face the cruelty of the desert, the region's barbaric bandits and the brutality of the overlord's men before they can finally face one another. He Ping is an international director and scriptwriter.  He produces many recent excellent Chinese movies, such as Be There or Be Square.  In 1998 He Ping becomes the counselor of Colombia Film Inc. (Asia) and produces movies such as Looking For the Gun and Cellphone.     

Goddess of Mercy
Anxin (ZHAO Wei) is an anti drug enforcement agent, when she is preparing her wedding with Tiejun, she falls in love with another man, Maojie (Nicholas Tse), the passion between them grows vigorously.  Unfortunately, Anxin quickly married Tiejun after discovering her pregnancy.  Everything seems going fine then, but it is only the beginning of tragedy: Anxin meets Maojie again when disguising herself as a drug dealer, later she even becomes the witness against him which leads his family broken up.  However, Mao's lawyer exonerates Maojie after revealing the affairs between Mao and Anxin. Maojie determines to take revenge and the lovers become enemies. Goddess of Mercy is adapted from a popular novel by Ivy Ho, the ideas are skillfully presented.  Ann Hui directed the film in a proper way, avoiding to be too emotional. She expound in a simple language that a woman pursuit her own goal even in an ill-fate.  The film not only consists the unique objective from Ann Hui, but also shows the pity on sufferings and uncertainty of life.

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol
Disguised journalist Gayu came to Kekexili from Beijing to seek the truth. He joined the mountain patrol for a regular action to catch the illegal hunters and protect the Tibetan antelopes. The illegal hunters were like ghosts in the depopulated Kekexili, they set up traps everywhere to attack the patrol team, and the patrol members died one after another. Despite the severe natural environment, the patrol team, led by Ritai, shed their blood to fight against the brutal illegal hunters. Being personally involved in the fight, Gayu suddenly realized that this was not just another regular mountain patrol, it was more of a life journey. To the patrol team, Kekexili was the homeland for them as well as the Tibeten antelopes. In the transmigration of life, they have always been guarding their homeland.

At the end of July by the lunar calendar, Jinghe, who has left his hometown to seek knowledge in Beijing, returns to his lung-parted native place to help redress his teacher Mr. Cao's wrong case. At a bridge on his way home, Jinghe encounters a crippled young woman. This woman is Nuan with whom he seems to be tied together by an invisible string. When young, Nuan used to be a very pretty girl who is good at singing and dancing. She also used to play a leading role in the village's song and dance team in those years. One day, when provincial Opera Troupe came to give performances, the whole village was seething with excitement. The Troupe was like a huge magnet magnetizing the whole village both men and women, old and young. In her young pure innocent heart, Nuan took a fancy to the Troupe's young actor. She yearned for a better and brighter future. Silently, Jinghe also took a fancy to Nuan. Finally, the Opera troupe left the village taking away Nuan's dream with it. At that time, Jinghe did hope that Nuan could go with the troupe, for he could not stand Nuan's disappointed look. Thus, Jinghe decided to make Nuan realize how he felt about her so as to change the awkward situation between the two. The swing in the village helped him. They had a real hover. That is the first time Jinghe touched Nuan, and the only time too. However, an accident happened during that hover, which has changed everything. Later, Jinghe was admitted to a university in Beijing. The realistic environment in the city has changed Jinghe, for that Nuan suffered another fruitless wait. Now Nuan has married a mute man and become the mother of a daughter. Nuan lives on tenaciously under life's heavy pressure. When Jinghe comes to visit Nuan and meets her husband, a simple, honest but arrogant man, he realizes that her husband, though mute, is, afterall, quite a man of character. He believes that Nuan may not suffer much now that she has married the man. However, Jinghe's heart trembles when he sees Nuan's frail face is under the mute man's big hand...

Xiaochun is a 13-year-old violin prodigy who lives with his father, Liu Cheng, in a small Chinese city. Shy and sensitive, he doesn't say much - music is his way of expressing his feelings. But Xiaochun's entire life changes when his father, wanting the best for him, takes him to live in immense Beijing.

Gone is the One Who Held Me Dearest in the World
Ke, a successful writer, visits her mother and discovers that her Mom is aging and dying. She feels sad to see her mom drifting away, and regrets that she neglected the needs of the old woman who held her dearest in the world.

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