Events

Film Screening: Yi Yi (A One and a Two …), with introduction by Kalli Peng

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Edward Yang’s cinematic swan song, released at the turn of the millennium, is a moving tapestry that weaves together the dissolution and reconstitution of the fragile subjectivities in an increasingly global, capitalist and mediated urban society. Yi Yi opens with a wedding and ends with a funeral. What unfolds between love and death is everything that saturates […]

Film Screening: A Brighter Summer Day (Guling jie shaonian sharen shijian), with introduction by Kalli Peng

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Similar to Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A City of Sadness (1989), A Brighter Summer Day also traces the experiences of a large family during a critical historical epoch in Taiwan. Set in the early 1960s, against the backdrop of a society witnessing the consequences of major demographic shifts and political oppression, this film depicts the difficult trials awaiting the simple and harmonious life […]

Film Screening: A Confucian Confusion (Du li shi dai)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

A satirical comedy with biting wit and a romance that is equally suspicious of and hopeful about love, this film ambitiously negotiates the coexistence of Confucianism with capitalism and democracy. In what feels like a second take of his Taipei Story, Yang stages a frantic tango that is danced not with two but twelve. A circle of closely […]

Film Screening: Mahjong (Ma jiang)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Mahjong is a game for four players, and the one who first collects winning sets of tiles wins. But the real game lies not in these rectangular pieces per se, but in deliberating what one already has and could afford to discard or how to acquire from others what one desires but does not yet […]

Film Screening: The Terrorizers (Kong bu fen zi)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Characterized as “Yang’s most difficult, intellectually provocative, and structurally challenging film” (John Anderson), Edward Yang’s third feature-length film is a puzzle with immense reverberatory power. The Terrorizers depicts the intertwining of love and death among three different couples: a young photographer and his literary girlfriend; a middle-class and middle-aged married couple whose mutual estrangement grows to the […]

Film Screening: That Day, on the Beach (Hai tan de yi tian)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

A renowned young pianist, Tan Ching-Ching (Terry Hu) comes back to Taipei for the first time in thirteen years to give a performance. An old friend, Lin Jia-li (Sylvia Chang), gets in touch with her to reconvene over an afternoon coffee. That Day, on the Beach takes place over a conversation between the two female friends, during […]

Big Waves, Great Earthquakes Screening No. 2 – Skirting Censorship in Tibet: No. 16. Barkhor South Street, featuring an introduction by Janet Gyatso and remarks from Lobsang Sangay

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Introduction: Janet Gyatso, Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Divinity SchoolProgrammer: Sam Maclean, Communications Manager, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies Update: Post-screening discussion with Lobsang Sangay, former […]

Tiananmen @ 35 Film Screening: The Gate of Heavenly Peace

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010) 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Introduction: Carma Hinton, Art historian and Documentary Filmmaker; Robinson Professor of Visual Culture and Chinese Studies, George Mason University (retired) "In The Gate of Heavenly Peace (the literal translation of the […]

Film Screening: In Our Time (Guang yin de gu shi)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

The omnibus film In Our Time initiated radical innovations in terms of aesthetic styles, industry practices and commonly depicted themes, thereby revolutionizing the filmmaking industry in Taiwan and inaugurating the movement of Taiwan New Cinema. The four segments are shot by four young emerging directors and each film—set in different decades from the 1950s to the 1980s—represents […]

Film Screening: Yi Yi (A One and a Two …)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Edward Yang’s cinematic swan song, released at the turn of the millennium, is a moving tapestry that weaves together the dissolution and reconstitution of the fragile subjectivities in an increasingly global, capitalist and mediated urban society. Yi Yi opens with a wedding and ends with a funeral. What unfolds between love and death is everything that saturates […]

Film Screening: A Brighter Summer Day (Guling jie shaonian sharen shijian)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

Similar to Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s A City of Sadness (1989), A Brighter Summer Day also traces the experiences of a large family during a critical historical epoch in Taiwan. Set in the early 1960s, against the backdrop of a society witnessing the consequences of major demographic shifts and political oppression, this film depicts the difficult trials awaiting the simple and harmonious life […]

Film Screening: In Our Time (Guang yin de gu shi)

Harvard Film Archive, Carpenter Center 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA, United States

The omnibus film In Our Time initiated radical innovations in terms of aesthetic styles, industry practices and commonly depicted themes, thereby revolutionizing the filmmaking industry in Taiwan and inaugurating the movement of […]