2015 Chinese Cinema

These films are part of a Confucius Institute at Victoria University of Wellington sponsored Chinese Cinema series in New Zealand.

Black Coal, Thin Ice

This film is part of the Chinese Cinema series at the New Zealand Film Societies. Film Societies are membership organisations that specialise in independent, foreign, art-house and repertoire film programmes. For further details on screening time and membership, visit the website of New Zealand Film Society.

Date: Monday, 5 October 2015.

Time: 6.15 pm.

Venue: Paramount, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington.

Black coal thin ice
A unique blend of pulp fiction flair and social-realist grit, Diao Yinan’s urban noir took home the Golden Bear for Best Film at Berlin. Opening in 1999, in the frozen industrial north of China’s Heilongjiang province, the story kicks off when severed body parts start showing up in coal plants around the region. Called in to head up the investigation, recently divorced detective Zhang (Liao Fan, who took the Silver Bear for Best Actor) finds a lead, but when an arrest at a hair salon is seriously botched the case goes cold. Fast forward five years later, a dishevelled Zhang has left the force in disgrace and is now working as a security guard, given to drowning his sorrows in drink. When further body parts start to turn up in the coal the eerie similarities of the new case prompt Zhang to start digging again. “The unkempt, unorthodox detective, the sudden bursts of violence and acrobatic action, and the dark, incongruous humor, all of which are strongly reminiscent of Bong Joon-ho’s work, move the story along at a brisk, captivating pace.
Giovanni Marchini Camia, Film Comment.

This film is rated M with violence, offensive language and sex scenes. For more information on Black Coal, Thin Ice, read here.

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Coming Home

This film is screening at New Zealand International Film Festival between 24 July and 16 August. For further details on screening time and membership, visit the website of New Zealand International Film Festival.

Date: Saturday, 8 August 2015.

Time: 4.00 pm.

Venue: Paramount, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington.

Gong Li

The 27-year partnership of master director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern ) and radiant muse Gong Li continues with this tragic domestic drama about historic amnesia in the wake of China’s Cultural Revolution—effectively a eulogy for surviving victims of the Cultural Revolution—combined to make Coming Home a huge hit in China.

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