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Film Series

Jiang Wen Rising

 
 
May 3—May 11, 2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The wild man of contemporary Chinese cinema, actor-director Jiang Wen is that rarest of talents: both a magnetic screen presence and a risk-taking auteur, whose films confront the last 100 years of Chinese history with subversive humor and a surplus of style. While he’s moved between art house prizewinners and blockbuster spectacles, what unites all his films are an offbeat sensibility, freewheeling visual style, and ability to smuggle ingeniously veiled political critiques past state censors.


 
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Devils on the Doorstep
May 3—May 6, 2017
 
Devils on the Doorstep
May 3—May 6, 2017
 

Winner of the Grand Prix at Cannes but banned in the director’s home country, Jiang’s sophomore feature is a gonzo, wild-ride anti-war satire.

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Black Snow
Thu, May 4, 2017
 
Black Snow
Thu, May 4, 2017
Curator’s Choice
 

A beautifully understated performance from Jiang—as an ex-con struggling to readjust to life outside prison in post-Tiananmen Square Beijing—drives this arresting, noir-tinged character study.

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In the Heat of the Sun
May 5—May 9, 2017
 
In the Heat of the Sun
May 5—May 9, 2017
 

Set in the midst of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Jiang’s anarchic, visually propulsive take on the coming of age saga ranks as one of the major works of 1990s Chinese cinema.

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Let the Bullets Fly
May 6—May 11, 2017
 
Let the Bullets Fly
May 6—May 11, 2017
 

Jiang is a bandit facing off against Chow Yun-fat’s crime boss in 1920s China in this totally unhinged, pure-pleasure mix of cartoon comedy and rat-tat-tat gunplay.

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Gone With the Bullets
Sun, May 7, 2017
 
Gone With the Bullets
Sun, May 7, 2017
 

Jiang goes deliriously over the top in this ultra-lavish, subtly subversive crime musical, bursting with references to everything from silent slapstick to film noir.

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Hibiscus Town
Sun, May 7, 2017
 
Hibiscus Town
Sun, May 7, 2017
 

Two lovers are swept up in the chaos of the Cultural Revolution in this exquisitely moving historical saga.

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The Sun Also Rises
Wed, May 10, 2017
 
The Sun Also Rises
Wed, May 10, 2017
 

Over the course of four stories and four seasons, Jiang weaves a dazzling, dreamlike vision of Chinese history from the 1950s to the end of the Cultural Revolution.

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