February 22–24, 2013
Sponsored by the University of Richmond's Media Resource Center and the Office of International Education. Free and open to the public, all films are shown in the Ukrop Auditorium in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond.
A limited number of visitor parking spaces are available in lot R10 (adjacent to the Robins School of Business). Visitors can also obtain a guest parking pass by contacting University Parking Services at (804) 289-8703, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online visitor vehicle registration form at http://police.richmond.edu/parking/registration/visitor.html.
When Chen’s estranged wife reappears asking for a divorce and custody of their daughter, Xiao Yuan, the young musician decides she will live with whoever can provide her a piano. Chen’s struggle begins when efforts to borrow money and even steal a piano fail. Chen then gathers together his motley crew of assorted ex-workmates and concocts an absurdly optimistic plan. “A delightful Chinese film that artfully blends music, romance, comedy, and just a little social comment … a thoroughly enjoyable movie experience!” —Mark Adams, Screen Daily
Friday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Mao's Last Dancer
Australia, 2010, directed by Bruce Beresford
117 min., Rated PG
This inspirational, true story follows a small boy’s extraordinary journey from poverty to international fame. Li Cunxin’s (Chi Cao) moves from a grueling apprenticeship as a classical dancer in communist China to the glory of creative freedom in America. But, there is a painful price to be paid for his quest for self-expression. Mao’s Last Dancer captures the intoxicating effects of first love and celebrity, the pain of exile, and ultimately the triumph of individual endeavor over ideology.
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:00 a.m.
China, 2010, directed by Li Yu
105 min., Not Rated
“Plumbing the depths of the generation gap, director Li Yu (Lost in Beijing) reaches an Asian indie apex with her earthy, energetic drama Buddha Mountain. The tale of a trio of drifting, aimless mainland Chinese youth lodging with an uptight Peking opera buff, this assured film is graced with authentic performances and cinematic flair, yielding one of the most dramatically engaging and accessible art house efforts in recent memory.”
—Russell Edwards, Variety
Saturday, Feb. 23, 1:00 p.m.
Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster
China, 2010, directed by Wilson Yip Wai-Shun
108min., Rated R
Superstar Donnie Yen reprises his iconic role as the real-life kung fu Grandmaster Ip Man, widely known as the man who brought Wing Chun to the world with the help of his star pupil, Bruce Lee. Master Ip, a new arrival in British-occupied Hong Kong, wants to open a martial arts academy to teach his unique Wing Chun style. A corrupt group of martial arts masters, led by Master Hung (Sammo Hung) refuses to allow him to teach in peace until he proves himself as a kung fu master.
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