Events and Exhibitions: August 15 – 21, 2014

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It’s an all film week with the starts of a retrospective of the works by Hong Kong director Patrick Lung Kong  (龍剛 / 龙刚) at the Museum of the Moving Image and a series on environmentalism in China at  Asia Society.

We’ve added two group shows that include a Taiwanese photographer and a Chinese large-scale paper-cut artist.  They’ve been on display for a while and will be ending soon, but be sure to check them out, especially if you’re in Midtown.

Don’t forget about the Taiwanese food and screening of Au Revoir Taipei at the South Street Seaport tonight.  Also, if you’ve registered, be sure to attend the talk with artist Wei Jia at MoCA .

If you’re down in Princeton, NJ or have friends around there, tell them about the calligraphy exhibition by Michael Shiue at the Plainsboro Public Library that runs through August 27.

We’ll have reviews of Web Junkie and Mulan: The Percussion Musical soon.

The one-time and short term event calendar and the ongoing exhibition calendar are up-to-date, and new events and exhibitions are added as they come up.  Upcoming events also can be found on listing on the right side of this page.  Let us know if there’s anything we should add to the calendar!

If anybody will attend these events and would like to contribute photos or a summary, please email us at beyondchinatown[at]gmail.com.

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Upcoming Events

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1) The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (英雄本色) – After fifteen years of imprisonment, Lee Cheuk finds it difficult to stay straight as a triad boss tries to recruit his services and the police pressuring him to become an informant.  The genre-defining film inspired John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow and in 2005 was #39 in the Hong Kong Film Awards‘ list of Top 100 Hong Kong films.

Patrick Lung Kong will be present to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from director Tsui Hark.  The directors will participate in a conversation with Grady Hendrix of the New York Asian Film Festival/Subway Cinema, and Sam Ho, film historian and former programmer of Hong Kong Film Archive.  

Part of the Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong series.

Friday, August 15, 7 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
$15 public / $9 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above.

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2) Teddy Girls (飞女正传 / 飛女正傳) – Gritty and violent, this film about a rebellious young woman sent to an all-girls reform school who later escapes to exact revenge male betrayers is more social commentary than exploitation film.

Director Patrick Lung Kong will attend for a Q&A.

Part of the Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong series.

Saturday, August 16, 3 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
$15 public / $9 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above.

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3)  A Better Tomorrow (英雄本色) – Inspired by Patrick Lung Kong’s The Story of a Discharged Prisoner, John Woo’s classic of Hong Kong cinema made Chow Yun-fat a star and was #2 in the Hong Kong Film Awards‘ list of Top 100 Hong Kong films.  “With intricately choreographed gunplay and flourishes of anti-hero swagger, A Better Tomorrow defined “heroic bloodshed” for Hong Kong cinema and took action filmmaking to an operatic level.” (Museum of the Moving Image)

Director Patrick Lung Kong will attend for a Q&A.

Part of the Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong series.

Saturday, August 16, 7 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
$15 public / $9 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above.

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4) Hiroshima 28 – Filmed on location in Hiroshima with an all-Hong Kong crew on the 28th anniversary of the atomic bombing, this melodrama and anti-nuclear weapons commentary tells the story of a Hong Kong reporter who learns about the tragedy and personal ruins of the bombing.  At the time of its release, Kong was criticized for being too sympathetic to the Japanese.

Director Patrick Lung Kong will attend for a Q&A.

Part of the Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong series.

Sunday, August 17, 3 PM
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
$15 public / $9 Museum members / free for Silver Screen members and above.

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5) Waking the Green Tiger – “Seen through the eyes of activists, farmers, and journalists, Waking the Green Tiger follows an extraordinary grassroots campaign which successfully stopped a huge dam project on the upper Yangtze river in southwestern China. Featuring astonishing archival footage never seen outside China and interviews with a government insider and witnesses, the documentary also examines Chairman Mao’s campaigns to conquer nature in the name of progress. An environmental movement takes root when a new law is passed and, for the first time in China’s history, ordinary citizens have the democratic right to speak out and take part in government decisions. Activists test their freedom to challenge a dam. The movement they trigger could transform China.

Q&A featuring Shi Lihong, an environmental activist who contributed footage and is interviewed in this film, moderated by Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Center on U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society.” (Asia Society)

Followed by a reception.

Part of the Waking the Green Tiger: Documentaries from the Front Lines of China’s Environmental Crisis series.

 

Monday, August 18, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Free, but advance registration required

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6) Plastic China – Excerpts from photographer and filmmaker Wang Jiuliang’s upcoming film Plastic China which looks at the human and environmental impact of domestic and imported plastic waste in China.

Director Wang Jiuliang will be attendance to discuss his experience documenting the handling of domestic and imported waste and for a Q&A moderated by La Frances Hui, Film Curator, Asia Society.

Reception to follow.

Part of the Waking the Green Tiger: Documentaries from the Front Lines of China’s Environmental Crisis series.

Watch ChinaFile’s interview with Wang Jiuliang:

Wednesday, August 20, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue
Free, but advance registration required

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Ongoing Films and Shows

1) Web Junkie (Film Forum, 8/6 – 8/19) –  A distressing documentary that looks at internet addiction in China through a visit to the Daxing Boot Camp, a clinic for people (mostly teenage boys) who have been sent there for therapy.   Director Shosh Shlam will be at the 8/9 7 PM screening for a Q&A.  The Daily Beast has a review.

2) Mulan: The Percussion Musical (The Ellen Stuart Theatre, 6/25 – 9/13) – The Red Poppy Ladies’ Percussion group presents a reworked version of their earlier production of the story of legendary Chinese heroine, Mulan.  The 2012 production was praised for its music and theatrics but faulted for its production values.  This new version at a different theater seems to address the past weakensses

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Exhibitions

We put together available reviews of the current exhibitions in our Exhibition Review Roundup.  The exhibitions included in a roundup are marked with an asterisk.

Closing soon:

*Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 8/15)

New Acquaintances: Works by Chen Baoyang, Fu Xiaotong, GAMA and Wang Fengge (Chambers Fine Art, 8/16)

One Kind of Behavior (Bronx Museum of Art, 8/17)

TAAC Recognition: Taiwanese American Artists (Queens Museum, 8/17)

*Zhang Dali: Square (Klein Sun Gallery, 8/30)

Opening and newly added:

Teng Chao-Ming in Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle (1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 5/28 – 8/29)

Xin Song in On Paper/Grand Central at 100 (Grand Central Terminal, 9/27/13 – 9/14)

Let us know if there’s something people need to see.

Visit the exhibition calendar (http://ow.ly/pxe9o) for details for the following shows below.  As always, check the museum or gallery’s website for hours of operation.

*Flotsam Jetsam (MoMA, 8/15)

New Acquaintances: Works by Chen Baoyang, Fu Xiaotong, GAMA and Wang Fengge (Chambers Fine Art, 8/16)

TAAC Recognition: Taiwanese American Artists (Queens Museum, 8/17)

One Kind of Behavior (Bronx Museum of Art, 8/17)

Teng Chao-Ming in Magnetic North: Artists and the Arctic Circle (1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, 8/29)

*Zhang Dali: Square (Klein Sun Gallery, 8/30)

Oil and Water: Reinterpreting Ink (MoCA, 9/14)

Xin Song in On Paper/Grand Central at 100 (Grand Central Terminal,  9/14)

Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition (Storm King Art Center, 11/9)

*Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral (Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 2015)

Group Shows

YinHua Chu and Ta-Wei Huang in Afterimage (Cuchifritos Gallery, 120 Essex Street (inside Essex Street Market), 8/9 – 9/7/14)

Ming-jer Kuo in Emerald City (The Gateway Project, Newark’s Pennsylvania Avenue, 7/31 – 10/2 )

Image: Chengdu Schoolyard by Andrew Shiue