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Films & Schedules - HONG KONG

AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA

Fri, Feb 14, 2014
at 5:45 PM (Fox Tower)
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Thu, Feb 20, 2014
at 5:45 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA

DIRECTOR: Peter Ho-Sun Chan - HONG KONG

In 1985, in the midst of China’s economic reform period, three college students in Beijing—an overzealous country boy who refuses to accept his destiny of being a farmer, a cynical intellectual with a superiority complex, and a romantic idealist who wants to be a movie star—bond through a shared fascination with Western literature, music, and movies and an ambition to live the American dream. This sets the three on a roundabout course toward the foundation of a wildly successful English-language tutorial institute—but fame, enormous fortune, and lawsuits test the bonds of ambition. Shot by superstar cinematographer Christopher Doyle and dubbed...

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BENDS

Sun, Feb 9, 2014
at 5:30 PM (CANCELLED)
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Thu, Feb 13, 2014
at 6 PM (Fox Tower)
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BENDS

DIRECTOR: Flora Lau - HONG KONG

Bends straddles the Hong Kong-Shenzhen border and tells the emotionally touching story of Anna, an affluent housewife, and Fai, her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they each negotiate the social contradictions and pressures of Hong Kong life and the city’s increasingly complex relationship to mainland China. Fai is struggling to find a way to bring his pregnant (in violation of the one-child policy) wife Tai over the Hong Kong border from Shenzhen to give birth to their second child, even though he crosses the border easily every day working as Anna’s chauffeur. Anna, in contrast, is struggling to keep...

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THE WAY WE DANCE

Mon, Feb 17, 2014
at 7:30 PM (Cinema 21 (small theaters))
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Fri, Feb 21, 2014
at 7 PM (Whitsell Auditorium)
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THE WAY WE DANCE

DIRECTOR: Adam Wong - HONG KONG

A surprise hit in Hong Kong, the low-budget The Way We Dance, like most dance movies, is a celebration of vibrant youth, as well as hopes and dreams fulfilled. Leaving her parents’ tofu restaurant behind, aspiring dancer Fleur enters university and joins the hip-hop dance club. Her idiosyncratic moves are too advanced for the other dancers, but she finds approval from the chairman of the tai chi club, who encourages her to connect with her inner martial artist. With an appropriately minimalist (romantic drama) plot, Wong inventively mashes contemporary street and traditional Chinese moves with Kung-fu spirit to capture “the...

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