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.
“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
“Time has been very kind to Hideo Nakata’s sublime, quietly terrifying 1997 techno-horror.”—David Jenkins, Time Out London
“This is an extraordinary film, not least because it is Japanese and yet feels universal. When blood runs cold, the heart can stop. Take a friend. Or take care.”—Angus Wolfe Murray, Eye for Film
The most legendary product of the Y2K-era J-Horror movement, RINGU harks back to the suggestively subtle Val Lewton tradition while extending the genre’s clammy reach to realm of electronic media. The monster here is a grainy b&w bootleg videotape that, according to urban legend, brings agonizing death within a week to those unlucky enough to view it. That curse falls on a TV reporter who is investigating the unexplained death of her niece, and she now has seven days to unravel the mystery of the contaminated tape and the soggy specter in its depths. In Japanese with English subtitles. DCP digital. (MR)
Upcoming films in From Asia, With Love
(Friday and Saturday dates are subject to change. Please check the relevant month's Gazette and website.)
January 31 and February 4
1999, Takashi Miike, Japan, 115 min.
TETSUO: THE IRON MAN
1989, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan, 67 min.
February 14 and 18
2005, Park Chan-wook, South Korea, 115 min.
February 21 and 25
2009, Bong Joon Ho, South Korea, 129 min.
February 28 and March 3
2018, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 121 min.
THE PIANO IN A FACTORY
2010, Meng Zhang and Bo Gao, China, 119 min.
WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW?
2013, Arvin Chen, Taiwan, 104 min.
THE WEDDING BANQUET
1993, Ang Lee, Taiwan/USA, 106 min.
April 3 and 7
1985, Edward Yang, Taiwan, 119 min.
April 10 and 14
1985, Jackie Chan, Hong Kong, 100 min.
April 17 and 21
POLICE STORY 2
1988, Jackie Chan, Hong Kong, 122 min.
April 24 and 28
2001, Stephen Chow, Hong Kong/China, 87 min.
May 1 and 5