The Tenth Annual ChinaFest, January 2-3, February 12–15, 2015
All film screenings are co-sponsored with UR International Film Series.
Visit http://library.richmond.edu/mrc/international-film-series.html for film updates.
Festival Main Events
Friday, JANUARY 2
Giuseppe Castiglione in China:
Imperial Painter, Humble Servant
6:30 - 8:30 p.m., at Leslie Cheek Theater, VMFA
How did a young Jesuit missionary born in Italy end up in 1700s Imperial China as court painter to three emperors? The story of Giuseppe Castiglione is one of passion,conviction, and creativity; and his journey has left a longlasting impact in China and beyond.Father Jerry Martinson, executive producer of the film, has encountered similar challenges in his 48 years in Taiwan and China. Father Martinson relates his personal experiences in a cross-cultural dialogue with insights into the inner-workings of China in the 18th century and now. This film
complements the Forbidden City special exhibition, which includes several of Castiglione's works, as well as the family event ChinaFest the following day on January 3.
$8 (VMFA members $5) http://vmfa.museum/calendar/
Click here to see the 3 min trailer.
|Saturday, JANUARY 3
ChinaFest Family Day at VMFA
11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free, no registration required
Celebrate longevity, the New Year, and treasures from
the Forbidden City while exploring Chinese culture.
Participate in a LEGO® reproduction of the Imperial Palace
nine dragon screen and nine imperial treasure-making
activities. Take in nine
Chinese animated films for
children, and be amazed by
martial arts demonstrations.
Also discover the Legend
of the Chinese Dragon as
Richmond Ballet’s Minds In
Motion Team XXL brings
this folk tale to life through
the magic of dance.
|Photo credit: Briget Ganske © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Thursday, FEBRUARY 12
Slow, Simple & Selfless: What America
and Contemporary China Can Learn From
the Chinese Tradition. Reflections of an
impressionable American after 30 years'
engagement with China
7:00 -8:30 p.m., Ukrop Auditorium, The Robins School of
Business, University of Richmond
Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute on China
and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson Center.
Mr. Daly has extensive working experience in China: served
at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in the late 1980s, worked on
TV and theater projects in China as a host, actor, producer
(Chinese version of Sesame Street) and commentator on
Chinese affairs for radio programs and TV, such as the Voice
of America, and CNN. He was American director of the Johns
Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and
American Studies in Nanjing, China for six years; and Director
of Maryland-China Initiative at University of Maryland. He has
interpreted for Chinese leaders, including former President
Jiang Zemin, and American leaders, including Jimmy Carter,
Henry Kissinger, and Zbignew Brzezinski.
|Sunday, FEBRUARY 15
Collector’s Talk and Tea Reception
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature,
University of Richmond Museums
Looking at Chinese Textiles and Ceramics from the
Museum’s Collection with Franklin B. Propert discussing
Qing Dynasty textiles.
|Chinese textile, late Qing
Dynasty, silk and gold
embroidery on silk, 30 x 133
inches, Lora Robins Gallery
of Design from Nature,
University of Richmond
Museums, by transfer,
by Taylor Dabne
Film Screening Schedules
|Friday, Februa 13, 3:00 p.m.
||Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
|Friday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
||The Mad Detective
|Saturday, February 14, 10:30 a.m.
||Romance of the Western Chamber
| Saturday, February 14, 1:00 p.m.
||Echoes of the Rainbow
|Sunday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
||Bodyguards and Assassins
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Directed by Dai Sijie
China, 2005, 111 minutes
Dai Sijie directs Balzac et La Petite Tailleuse Chinoise (The
Little Chinese Seamstress), a film adaptation of his own
best-selling autobiographical novel. Set in China during
the Cultural Revolution of the 1970s, the story follows Luo
(Chen Kun) and Ma (Liu Ye), two young men from the
city who are sent to a mountain village for a re-education
in Maoist principles. They work with the peasants
under the supervision of the village head man (Wang
Shuangbao), who considers their violin to be a symbol of
the bourgeoisie. Luo and Ma both fall in love with the little Chinese seamstress (Ziiou
Xun), the daughter of the tailor (Chung Zhijun), and they read her forbidden works
of Western literature including French writers Balzac and Dumas. The conclusion
finds the two men reminincing about their experiences 30 years later. Balzac et La
Petite Tailleuse Chinoise premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
The Mad Detective
Directed by Johnny To and Wai Ka-fai
China/Hong Kong, 2007, 89 minutes
A psychotic ex-policeman with a mysterious supernatural
gift proves invaluable in the case of a missing police
firearm and its vanished owner in this tense police thriller
from co-directors Johnny To (Fulltime Killer) and Wai Kafai
(Running on Karma). Bun is an outcast detective who
always seems to crack the case despite having some rather
serious personality flaws. When Bun slices off his ear and
offers it up as a gift at a party staged to honor one of his
superiors, he is promptly forced into early retirement. As
a policeman Bun's gift of second sight helped him to solve
some of the department's most difficult cases, but now
that the visions serve no purpose, they simply serve to
erode his already fragile sense of reality. Yet despite Bun's
bad reputation, ambitious inspector Ho (Andy On) still believes in him. Recently,
Ho has been assigned the difficult case of a locating a missing policeman named
Wong (Lee Kwok Lun), who disappeared after pursuing some suspects into the
nearby mountains. While Bun is indeed eager to help out with the case, he soon
finds his volatile personality clashing with the seven conflicting personalities of
Wong's apparently schizophrenic partner Chi-wai (Lam Ka-tung) .
Romance of the Western Chamber
Directed by Hou Yao
China, 1927, 45 minutes, silent
A young scholar who has traveled to the capitol in order to take
the highest imperial examination falls in love with the daughter
of the Prime Minister during his stay at a local temple in director
Hou Yao's adaptation of the famous play by Wang Shifu. Zhang
Sheng has prepared himself to take the ultimate test, but when
a group of bandits besiege the royal family's beautiful daughter
Cui, the desperate mother pledges to marry Cui off to any man
who successfully rescues her. Though Zhang eventually succeeds
in the task, Cui's mother subsequently reneges on her promise
citing that there is no way she will allow her daughter to wed an
impoverished scholar. As a result the bond between Zhang and
Cui only strengthens, and with a little assistance from Cui's loyal maid Hong Niang
the couple is eventually able to shatter the traditional societal barriers that bind them.
Professor Jessica Chan will make the introduction, followed by Q & A after screening.
Echoes of the Rainbow
Directed by Alex Law
Hong Kong, 2009, 120 minutes
Writer and director Alex Law presents this warm drama of a
family struggling to get by in the face of problems both big and
small. It's 1969, and Desmond Law (Aarif Lee) is a sixteen-yearold
who is the pride and joy of his working-class parents (Simon
Yam and Sandra Ng); he's a top student and a gifted athlete,
and his mother and father work hard to send him to a fine
private school, even though it's no easy task on Dad's salary as a
shoemaker. His eight-year-old brother, Big Ears (Buzz Chung), is
the troublemaker in the household; he's a joker who doesn't get
good grades, but he has a big imagination and with the upcoming
moon landing in the news, his latest ambition is to be an astronaut. The family faces
many challenges from typhoon, illness and Desmond's difficult relationship with
a girl from a wealthy family (Evelyn Choi). Sui Yuet San Tau (aka Echoes of the
Rainbow) won the Crystal Bear award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
Professor Jessica Chan will make the introduction, followed by Q & A after screening.
Bodyguards and Assassins
Directed by Teddy Chen,
China/Hong Kong, 2009, 138 minutes
A man is determined to stand up for his country despite the
challenges of deadly adversaries in this action drama from director
Teddy Chen. It's 1906, and as China begins to turn its back on the
outside world and makes new demands of its people, a growing
number of Chinese citizens are calling for democracy. The
possibility of revolution does not sit well with Imperial Authority,
and Sun Yat-sen (Hanyu Zhang), an popular activist calling for
reform in China, has been forced to seek exile in nearby Hong Kong to protect himself.
When Sun Yat-sen is invited by other freedom-loving Chinese patriot living in Hong
Kong to take part in secret talks about the future of the nation, he and his fellow exiles are
put into a tight spot. Imperial authorities want to silence Sun Yat-sen by assassination,
and military commander Yan Xiaoguo (Hu Jun), his lieutenant Sa Zhenchan (Cung Le)
and a regiment of soldiers skilled in martial arts are dispatched to find the underground
leader and kill him. Now the Chinese expatriate community in Hong Kong must take
sides -- do they ignore the crisis, or stand up to protect Sun Yat-sen in his moment of
need? Among those who must decide where they stand are Chen Xiaobai (Tony Leung
Ka-fai), an activist and journalist; Chen's financial backer Li Yuetang (Wang Xueqi); his
teenage son Li Chungguang (Wang Bo-chieh); Yuet-yu (Fan Bingbing), Li Yuetang's
"kept woman;" and Sum Chung-yang (Donnie Yen), her former husband.
ChinaFest 2015 Acknowledgements, with thanks to:
Our committee members for their devotion and hard work: Dr. Irby Brown, Co-Chair, Rose Nan-Ping Chen, Co-Chair, Cheryl Clark, Cathy Hinton, Kathryn Gray, Mary Nelson, Paul Porterfield, Franklin Propert, and Bertie Selvey.
Dr. Joseph Hoff and his team at the Office of International Education for its generous support in our keynote lecture, outreach to the Chinese students at UR, and at IFS.
Paul Porterfield for making our film component the success it has become.Professor Jessica Chan for her participation in our film discussion with the audiences.
Our programming partners for their behind-the scenes coordination and support: Peggy Watson of UR Osher Lifelong Learning Institute; Richard Waller at UR Museums; Jessica Bauserman, Celeste Fetta, Courtney Morano, Anna Bushman, Trent Nicholas, Kim Frola, and staff members of Art and Education Division and many others at the VMFA.
Our distinguished speakers for their outstanding scholarship and contributions. Our many presenters for sharing their time and talents.
Our deepest gratitude to all the contact persons, coordinators and volunteers who made ChinaFest truly a community effort.www.theROSEgroup.org
List of Supporters
The Tenth Annual ChinaFest is made possible by The Rose Group for Cross-Cultural Understanding; MeadWestvaco Foundation (MWV); County of Henrico; Dominion; The Anne Carter Robins & Walter R. Robins, Jr. Foundation; University of Richmond (UR); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA); Virginia Film Office; Evergreen Enterprises; The Peachtree House Foundation; The Rock Foundation; and The Garland & Agnes Taylor Gray Foundation
In-kind donors: The Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the U.S.in Washington, D.C.; Universal Leaf; Bill and Bertie Selvey.
Donor: Emily and Ed Hughes; US-China Peoples Friendship Association Richmond Chapter