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From Asia, With Love

January 24 - May 5

Contemporary Cinema from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and China

Lecturer: Jennifer Dorothy Lee

From January 24 through May 5, we offer a series of fourteen programs entitled From Asia, With Love: Contemporary Cinema from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and China, with weekly Tuesday lectures by Jennifer Dorothy Lee, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The series is presented in cooperation with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Additional screenings of the films on Friday or Saturday do not include Prof. Lee's lecture. Admission to all From Asia, With Love programs is $5 for Film Center members; usual admission prices apply for non-members.

—Martin Rubin

“Listen carefully. Everyone makes mistakes. But if you commit a sin, you have to atone for that sin. Atonement, do you know what that means? Big atonement for big sins. Small atonement for small sins.” This dialogue from Park Chan-wook’s LADY VENGEANCE outlines a condition long familiar to East Asian contexts that in recent years have become renowned for cinematic art. Terrorized by memories, haunted by history, the characters populating such films are, nonetheless, jubilant and tenaciously alive. They redefine the heroes and antagonists for Asian modernity at the turn of the 21st century.

This series will examine how new uses of moving image and sound in cinema from Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, and China demonstrate the intense preoccupations of their filmmakers. Themes of national loss and cross-border tensions, of seeking revenge and settling debts, and of transcending the unbearable present in the fantastical will be explored. In what ways do contemporary filmmakers from Asia negotiate devastating histories and memories, all the while performing on a globalizing stage for international viewerships?

—Jennifer Dorothy Lee


1998, Hideko Nakata, Japan, 96 min.
With Nanako Matsushima, Rie Ino’o



  • Fri, Jan 24th 4:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 28th 6:00pm