Sounds of China (along w/ Kaynak Pipers Band & Yves Lambert Trio) Presented by World Music Festival Chicago 2016
Led by the composer Ma Jiuyue, Sounds of China is a highly polished ensemble from Beijing that blends traditional Chinese music with forward-looking arrangements, mixing the ancient and the modern. Last year Ma Jiuyue, who works for the Chinese National Orchestra, told the China Daily, “‘the sounds that you hear will be different from what you may expect from traditional Chinese folk music.’” Indeed, while the group incorporates plenty of traditional instruments like erhu (a two-stringed spike fiddle), liuqin (a four-stringed Chinese mandolin), xun (a globular, vessel flute), pipa (a plucked four-string lute), and guhzeng (a Chinese zither), Jiuyue’s arrangements utterly recast the ancient melodies into thoroughly contemporary, rock-oriented settings with electric guitar, synthesizers, and a standard drum kit giving the performances a pop-like energy and sheen. The ensemble features some of China’s greatest musicians, from both the classical world and the pop realm: erhu virtuoso Zhennan Shangguan is a member of celebrated Twelve Girl Band, while percussionist Jianan Wang performed as part of the closing ceremonies at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Last year the group gave a rousing performance in collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in celebration of the Chinese New Year. As heard on the Sounds of China CD Moon Dance Ma Jiuyue incorporates a wide variety of ideas, mixing in bits of new age, pop, progressive rock, jazz, and cinematic grandeur—several of the group’s members are heavily involved in scoring and performing on film sound tracks in China.Find out more »
Directed by: Ralston Jover
Starring: Teri Malvar, Zaijan Jaranilla, Samuel Quintana ad Bon Lentejas
Philippines | 2015 | 92 min | DCP | Tagalog w/subtitles.
Unexpected events in their daily routine of crime and survival in the busy streets of Manila lead to dramatic changes for a gang of street kids. Performed by the talented young cast with Teri Malvar (15-yr old) winning the Best Actress Award at the Moscow International Film Festival 2016, “the film lays bare the sad reality of an ill-ridden society but also offers some hope for the future”. Besides winning the Outstanding Artistic Achievement Awards from the 19th Shanghai International Film Festival, the Director also won the Russian Film Critics’ Jury for the Best Film award.Find out more »
Directed by: Benny Lau
Starring: Wong Yau-nam, Karena Ng, Prudence Lau, Pai Piao, and Gigi Leung Wing-kei
Hong Kong | 2015 | 96 min | Blu-ray | Cantonese w/subtitles
Wong Ka Yan tells the story of an overgrown kid lives on the outlying island of Peng Chau in 1992. Chan Chun-yin falls in love with a movie ticket seller after getting trapped inside the cinema. When he returns to find the girl has quit her job, he sets off on a quest to find her, despite the odds given her very common name. Shot with washed-out color showing Peng Chau as this relaxing rural atmosphere, the film transmits a sense of old-timey charm and innocence that is universal. A second feature presented under HONG KONG, WE REMEMBER segment courtesy of Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office, New York. (Required RSVP 1 week before screening via email: email@example.com)Find out more »
Directed by: Zhang Yang
Starring: non-professiona actors: village people
China | 2015 | 115 min | DCP | Tibetan w/subtitles
Shot over a period of a year with no script, critically acclaimed Paths of The Soul follows 11 friends, neighbors and relatives on a soul-searching pilgrimage to Lhasa and the sacred Kang’s Mountain. The film was rated 4th favorite by the audiences of 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival audience – a film that upends the traditions of documentary that Asian Pop-Up Cinema is proud to showcase it on the big screen again.Find out more »
Directed by: Motohiro Katsuyuki
Starring: Momota Kanako, Tamai Shiori, Sasaki Ayaka, Ariyasu Momoka, Takagi Reni and Kuroki Haru
Japan | 2015 | 119 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles.
When The Curtain Rises focuses on the process of putting on a theatrical play by a high school drama club in a provincial town, following the growth of its actors both on stage and personally. The five young leading actors, are members of the idol group Momoiro Clover Z, and their learning curve as actors overlaps with that of their characters in the film. Only 24 at time of filming who plays the new coach, Kuroki Haru, has already amassed an impressive list of acting honors including the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for Best Actress Award in 2014.Find out more »
Economic Agenda: Creating Jobs and Growing Local Businesses
Join the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce on October 11, 2016, at MingHin Cuisine, to hear from our invited speaker and special guest, Tammy Duckworth, U.S. Representative, Illinois 8th District. Ms. Duckworth was elected to the House of Representatives in 2012 where she has been an active voice for Illinois families. In 2009, President Obama nominated Ms. Duckworth to be an Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. There, she headed the department’s effort to end Veteran homelessness and was a leader in initiatives for female Veterans. She also implemented innovative efforts such as creating the Office of Social Media and Online Communications and the Office for Tribal Government Relations. In Congress, Ms. Duckworth focused on growing the economy by advocating for small businesses, investing in infrastructure, improving the lives of our Veterans and cutting government waste and fraud. She serves on the House Armed Services and House Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
Directed by: Eddie Cahyono
Starring: Sekar Sari, Delia Nuswantoro and Chelsy Bettido
Indonesia | 2014 | 88 min | Blu-ray | B&W | Javanese/Indonesian w/subtitles.
Siti tells the story of a beautiful young woman caring for her paralyzed husband, her son and her mother-in-law, by selling snacks at the beach for tourists and selling herself at an illegal karaoke bar in the evenings. Her life is further complicated when a policeman falls in love with her.
(Thanks to DCASE of Chicago, this screening is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP 1 week before screening via email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Directed by: Na Hong-jin
Starring: Hwang Jung-min, Kwak Do-won, Kim Hwan-hee, and Kunimura Jun
South Korea | 2016 | 156 min | Blu-ray | Korean w/subtitles
In this tense supernatural thriller, locals become suspicious after a foreigner mysteriously appears in a quiet rural village. Suspicion turns to hysteria and investigators look to a shaman for clues after a series of brutal killing sprees. The Wailing smashed box office records when it debuted in South Korea and many audience members saw the film several times searching for new clues in this highly talked-about ending.Find out more »
Directed by: Chen Jian-bin
Starring: Chen Jian-bin, Wang Xue-bing and Jin Shi-jia
China | 2014 | 105 min | DCP | Mandarin w/subtitles
Well-known Chinese actor, Chen Jian-bin makes his directorial debut in this film about a goat farmer finding the real family of a mentally handicapped young man who follows him home one day. A Fool earned Chen Best Actor and Best New Director prizes at the 2014 Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, but the real-life arrest of one of the supporting actors delayed the release, adding an ironic twist to the movie’s message about morality.Find out more »
Directed by: Satoko Yokohama
Starring: Ken Yasuda, Kumiko Aso, Shohei Uno, Hirohumi Arai
Japan | 2016 | 123 min | DCP | Japanese w/subtitles
The Actor follows a “bit parts” actor, played by Ken Yasuda, best known for TEAM NACS (a group of 5 actors) and many voice performances as in award-winning animation Spirited Away, who finally gets a break with a big role by an internationally known director – a basic plot that may sound familiar yet with the inspired performances and the romantic subplot, director Yokohama’s take is anything but conventional.Find out more »