Tag: Chinese Cinema

LA Chinese Film Festival – The Little Shrimp – October 27th, 6:15pm

The Little Shrimp – Narrative Feature + Q&A

Cheng returns to Guangzhou after his maternal grandfather’s death during his final summer break in the US. Jetlag, muggy weather, the loss of his grandfather, and moving to a new place keeps him between the past and present reality. He gradually learns how the death affects everyone in his family.

Director:Zhilin Chen

Length: 62 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – In Character – October 27th, 4:25pm

In Character – Documentary Feature + Q&A

To bring their characters to life, 13 actors agreed to voluntarily live in an isolated arsenal of Sichuan Province, relinquishing any contact from the outside world to experience the way of life from the Cultural Revolution in an experience tantamount to a social experiment. They wore costumes from the period and listened to the music of that time. When one of the actors requests a leave of absence, surprising and frightening changes come over the other actors, and an unexpected struggle ensues.

Director: Tracy Dong

Length: 74 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – The Fall – October 27th, 2:15pm

The Fall – Narrative Feature

Local business owner Old Lin finds himself in dire straits; the time has come for him to collect on the debts owed him, or face serious trouble. Juggling responsibilities as a husband and father, as well as simply a man, Old Lin comes to realize there’s a lot more to figure out in his mid-forties.

Director: Lidong Zhou

Length: 108 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – Short Film Showcase 3 – Animation and Experimental Shorts- October 27th, 12:30pm

Short Film Showcase 3 – Animation and Experimental Shorts + Q&A

FILM #1: Sister + Q&A
A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?

Director: Siqi Song
Length: 8 mins

FILM #2: The Last Man on Earth Sat Alone in a Room + Q&A

“The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door …”

Director: Junyi Xiao
Length: 2.5 mins

FILM #3: Mom’s Clothes

A nonfiction reflection on being out of the closet. As a queer person of color, it’s taken me a long time to be as comfortable as I am navigating through forms of intimacy, gender, and self-worth. It doesn’t always get better, but you’re beautiful however you decide to present, including the choice of garments you decide to wear.

Director: Jordan Wong
Length: 5.5 mins

FILM #4: Splash

By the poolside an armless man bites at the arm of a woman, ready to throw himself into the pool. The splash of water breaks the tranquility of the pool like a bomb.

Director: Jie Shen
Length: 9 mins

FILM #5: The Remedy + Q&A

A Chinese herbal doctor tries to heal herself from sickness by making a soup of memory. The doctor repeatedly returns to their own childhood memories, searching out the details in each, and preparing them as a prescription. When finally all the details and fragments are chained together they make a thick bowl of soup that helps her to find one final memory…

Director: Zilai Feng
Length: 7 mins

FILM #6: UUFO

UUFO consists of 6 chapters. Each describes a memory.
Dealing with conflicting interpretations of China from the 1960s onwards, UUFO contrasts past generations’ stories with present contemplations.
UUFO stands for Universal Unidentified Flying Object.

Director: Zhuoyun (Yun) Chen
Length: 20 mins

FILM #7: Stray Cat Ah Q

Not every chance encounter will unfold a tender and long-lasting friendship; not every stray cat has a name.

Director: Mulan Fu
Length: 6 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – Vanishing Days – October 26th, 5:25pm

Vanishing Days – Narrative Feature

It is the summer of 2009. In a southern Chinese town, it is stiflingly hot before the arrival of a rainstorm.

Li Senlin is bored and stuck doing homework. Auntie Qiu, a boatwoman who hasn’t shown up for years, suddenly makes a visit and recounts the tale of a strange encounter on an abandoned island.

Li Senlin loses her turtle while her father is away on a business trip. There’s another “Senlin” that keeps on being mentioned by her parents. She faintly suspects that Auntie Qiu is actually her biological mother.

The summer rain pours down as memory and reality interweave into one another. The water of the Great Canal dampens each individual that roams along with it, and red flag flaps still at the stern.

Director: Xin Zhu

Length: 94 mins

LA Chinese Film Festival – Confucian Dream – October 26th, 3:15pm

Confucian Dream – Documentary Feature + Q&A

Chaoyan is a young wife and mother with a steady job living in a giant city. Her life is comfortable, but she increasingly finds emptiness at home with her young son Chen, her husband Mei, and his mother. Chaoyan met Mei when he was a young man with big dreams. Now, with a utilitarian focus on money, he isn’t that way anymore.

But Chaoyan discovers ancient teachings that her generation has forgotten: Confucianism. Daily she reads and recites mantras on themes of morality and harmony, and in them, she sees hope for her estranged family. She insists that Chen join her studies, so he can absorb these values from an early age.

Mei finds their studies excessive but reluctantly allows Chen to attend a classics summer camp. Chaoyan pushes him to allow their son to attend a year-round traditional school, but he firmly refuses. Split across different values, the family’s conflicts intensify, and their ties weaken. In this zealous pursuit of harmony, Chaoyan and her family instead find themselves approaching a breaking point from which they might never recover.

Director: Mijie Li

Length: 87 mins