The 7th Chinese Film Festival

The 7th Chinese Film Festival

Screening of Five Films

Friday, February 8 to Saturday, February 9, 2013

Nickelodeon Theater

A Simple Life – Friday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Dragon Friday, February 8 at 5:30 p.m.

Let the Bullets Fly Friday, February 8 at 8:30 p.m.

The Three Swordsmen – Saturday, February 9 at 12:00 p.m.

Love in the Buff – Saturday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m.

The Confucius Institute at USC, in partnership with Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) of USC University Libraries, presents the 7th Chinese Film Festival. We will be screening five recently released award-winning films from Hong Kong, including one from the Chinese Film Collection at MIRC. Each film was chosen carefully from various genres in the contemporary Hong Kong film industry: from romantic comedy to martial arts, and from drama to crime, to give a general look at the depth of Hong Kong film. This festival offers the opportunity to think about the role that the Hong Kong film industry plays in the global film context and the ways in which Hong Kong filmmakers collaborate with the Chinese mainland film industry. For information about tickets visit:

The Chinese Film Festival Series includes:

A Simple Life is a 2011 film directed by award-winning filmmaker Ann Hui and starring Andy Lau and Deanie Ip. Based on a true story, A Simple Life not only exquisitely captures the unique relationship between the amah and the family for which she cares, but also deals with the many abandoned old people in Hong Kong. Delivering what may be the best performances of their careers, Lau and Ip display perfect chemistry and restraint as two people who have known each other all their lives. (Cantonese with Simplified Chinese and English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Friday, Feb.8, 2013 at 2:30 p.m.

Dragon is a 2011 Hong Kong martial arts thriller film directed by Peter Chan, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tang Wei. The film’s action director, martial-arts actor Donnie Yen, has become one of the world’s busiest action stars and rivals Jackie Chan and Jet Li for dominance in Asia. In “Dragon,” a cat-and-mouse martial-arts thriller, he plays a man living a simple life with his wife and two children in a remote village in early 20th-century China.  After he kills a pair of bandits trying to rob a local shopkeeper, using masterful kung-Fu moves, a police detective investigating the case uncover Liu’s true identity. Director Peter Chan’s clever art-house spin on a popular genre pays homage to the stylish Hong Kong kung-Fu movies of the 1960s and ’70s. (Cantonese with Simplified Chinese and English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Friday, Feb.8, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

Let the Bullets Fly, a 2010 action comedy blockbuster featuring Chow Yun-fat, has been one of the highest-grossing recent films in mainland China. Set in 1920s Sichuan, the film tells the tale of the bandit “Pocky” Zhang Mazi, who poses as a local governor in a rural town but finds himself at odds with the local mobster, who is not eager to share his turf with another drifter. A complex and deadly series of mind-games ensues between the two crooks, which are as violent as they are hilarious. Fans of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars will appreciate this reinterpretation.  (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Friday, Feb.8, 2013 at 8:30 p.m.

The Three Swordsmen, from the University of South Carolina’s Chinese Film Collection comes this 1994 martial art film featuring Brigitte Lin (Chungking Express) and Andy Lau (A Simple Life) as two famous martial arts masters, Samurai and Smiling Sam. On the night before the big martial arts competition, someone murders the Empress, and the two swordsmen are framed for the crime. Together with Big Knife, they then become involved in a plot to recover the Holy Sword and also avenge the murder of the Empress. (Mandarin with English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Saturday, Feb.9, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

Love in the Buff is a 2012 romantic comedy, a sequel to the 2010 comedy ‘Love in a Puff’ directed by Pang Ho-Cheung and starring Shawn Yue and Miriam Yeung. In this film, Cherie and Jimmy, who met through an indoor smoking ban in Hong Kong, have moved in together and then split up. They both move to Beijing and meet new partners but fate has a way of drawing them back together again. A blend of comedy drama about the real life of relationships in a modern world makes this an interesting film with good performances and some sharp dialogue. (Primarily in Cantonese, has some Mandarin with both Simplified Chinese and English subtitles)

Screening at the Nickelodeon on Saturday, Feb.9, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

This series is co-sponsored by the USC Confucius Institute, in conjunction with the Moving Image Research Collections at USC, and reflects a growing emphasis on Chinese film studies in the Film and Media Studies program, as well as Chinese language-teaching program at USC.

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