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Chinese Cinema Club Launches This Friday at the MoCA in Chinatown

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The Chinese Cinema Club, a collaboration between dGenerate Films and Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), is a movie club screening Chinese and Chinese American films on the first Friday of every other month.

The Club is a first step towards addressing the disappearance of cinemas from Chinatown, and its subsequent lack of public screening options. The aim will be to draw diverse movie-lovers and provide a regular space to gather, watch, discover and interact around cinema.

The series kicks off this Friday October 1 with Fujian Blue, Robin Weng’s acclaimed feature about reckless youths dangerously involved with illegal human trafficking in China’s Fujian Province.

Fujian Blue

2007, 87 min. Directed by Robin Weng.

This award-winning debut feature portrays two interweaving stories of youth crime and family crisis shed light on illegal emigration and human trafficking in China’s Fujian province.

Followed by Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, moderated by Kevin Lee, VP of Programming with dGenerate Films.

Admission: $10/adult; $8/student & senior, Free for MOCA member. To purchase tickets, please emaileducation@mocanyc.org.

Purchase tickets to all three screenings for $25!

To RSVP for the event, please visit the Facebook Event Page here.

UPCOMING FILMS:

Take Out
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7pm

2004, 87 min. Directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou
An illegal Chinese immigrant falls behind on payments on an enormous smuggling debt. Ming Ding has only until the end of the day to come up with the money.
Followed by Q&A with the directors, Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou.

Oxhide
February 4, 2011, 7pm

2005, 110 min. Directed by Jiayin Liu

Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

To find out more about the Chinese Cinema Club, please click here.

Asia Society Film Recap: Fujian Blue

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Fujian Blue (dir. Robin Weng)

Concluding our recap of the Asia Society series “China’s Past, Present and Future on Film,” here is an excerpt from a full-length review by Joe Bendel of Robin Weng’s acclaimed feature Fujian Blue:

Port towns have a certain unsavory reputation, which the cities of Fujian Province amply fulfill. Home of the “Golden Triangle of illegal immigration,” China’s Fujian is also a border region, neighboring nearby archipelagos controlled by the Republic of China. Not surprisingly there is a lot of money to be made in Fujian, but nearly always at someone else’s expense. Indeed, it is an environment marked by corruption and exploitation that emerges in Robin Weng’s Fujian Blue.

Like nearly all of the films in the Asia Society series, Weng’s approach is unsentimentally naturalistic. However, Blue still has a strong narrative structure. The cast is also quite convincing in a way that is somewhat disturbing, given the film’s documentary-like realism and their characters’ morally questionable natures. Yet, what really distinguishes the film is its strong sense of place, depicting a Fujian where McMansions, red-light districts, slums, and the rocky natural beauty of the coastline exist nearly side-by-side.

While most of the films in the Asia Society series reflect the aesthetics of the Jia Zhangke-influenced “Digital Generation” (or d-generate), the selected films taken as a whole represent China’s geographic diversity quite well. Offering pointed social commentary and an unvarnished tour of Fujian, Blue is a strong conclusion to an ambitious film series.

Read the full review.

Also read Mike Fu’s exclusive review on our site.

Watch clips from Fujian Blue below:

Reveries of the Golden Triangle: Fujian Blue playing Friday

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Fujian Blue (dir. Robin Weng)

Robin Weng’s acclaimed feature Fujian Blue will screen at Asia Society this Friday, April 16, 2010 as part of the series “China’s Past, Present, and Future on Film.” dGenerate’s Kevin B. Lee will introduce the screening.

You can use discount code asia725 to buy tickets at the $7 member rate. Tickets can be purchased at the Asia Society website or at the Asia Society box office.

Fujian Blue (Jin Bi Hui Huang)
Robin WENG (WENG Shouming). China. 2007. 87 min. Narrative. Digibeta.
Friday, April 16, 6:45 pm

Here’s an exclusive review of the film by Mike Fu:

Subtropical reveries of money, sex, and power dominate the golden triangle of southern China in this gritty neorealist drama from Robin Weng (Weng Shouming). Featuring idyllic natural landscapes side by side with Fujian province’s urban sprawl, Weng’s narrative follows a group of young hoodlums circulating carefree in a vapid nightlife of karaoke bars and dance halls. By day, they pursue a more malicious endeavor to extort money from local housewives, whose husbands have made their fortunes abroad and left them floundering at home. The film opens contrasting rows of decrepit houses with breathtaking mansions, reminiscent of a southern Californian suburb, glistening beneath the sun. Already the dichotomy of contemporary Chinese society becomes apparent: the rift between haves and have-nots threatens to grow ever wider, and the stakes only become higher for a younger generation willing to risk everything.

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