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Friday, January 9, 2004



China film fest


Once again, The Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Academy of Arts, will participate in The Third Annual New York Times "Arts & Leisure Weekend Celebration of Chinese Cinema," with special discounts on select screenings of award-winning films from China.

The series starts today. Buy one ticket and get one free Jan. 9 and 11. Regular ticket prices are $5 general and $3 for members for the remaining dates, and may be purchased on the day of screening at the academy box office at the museum's main entrance at 900 S. Beretania St. or at the theater door, on Kinau Street, a half hour before show time.

Here is the schedule:


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COURTESY OF HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS
"Spring Festival" received the Best Feature Film, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards at the 15th Hundred Flower Awards in 1992.


"Spring Festival" (1991): In a small rural village in Northern China, hard-working parents await the arrival of their children and grandchildren visiting from the city to celebrate the coming Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). The film explores -- with humor, wisdom and love -- the various lifestyles that face each new generation in today's China, which has become an integral part of the family life. The film received Best Feature Film, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards at the 15th Hundred Flower Awards in 1992. Directed by Huang Jianzhong. In Mandarin with English subtitles, color, 100 minutes. Screens at 7:30 p.m. today; repeating at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.


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COURTESY OF HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS
"Rhapsody of Spring" follows the career of one of China's most revered composers.


"Rhapsody of Spring" (1998): The story traces the career of one of China's most revered composers. As a child he develops a deep love for music that serves him throughout his life. This passion is equaled only by his love for a local girl whom he marries. During the Cultural Revolution, a dangerous period of great change, he dedicates himself to preserve and enhance the musical heritage of China, risking all he loves for what he believes. Directed by Teng Wenji. Received Excellent Feature Film, Excellent Actor and Excellent Director awards at 1998 Huabiao Awards. In Mandarin with English subtitles, color, 120 minutes. Screens at 4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.


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COURTESY OF HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS
"Outcast" won the Special Jury Prize at the India International Film Festival. The story is told in Mandarin with English subtitles and can be seen at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.


"Outcast" (1986): In the midst of the Cultural Revolution, an innocent teenage girl volunteers to take care of a baby boy whose father is sent to the countryside to reform. Her decision is misunderstood and causes her to be shunned by everyone, even by her parents and her fiance. As a result, after the father is sent to a prison camp, she is forced to raise the child alone. The film focuses on the injustice, even madness of the times. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at India International Film Festival. In Mandarin with English subtitles, color, 110 minutes. Directed by Yao Shougang. Screens at 1 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.



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