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In the Heat of the Sun (China, 1994)
November 2, 2014 @ 7:00 PM$10
UCLA Confucius Institute in partnership with UCLA Film & Television Archive; AFI FEST presented by Audi; Film at REDCAT; Pomona College in Los Angeles; Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC; Hawaii International Film Festival presented by Halekulani present “2nd China Onscreen Biennial.”
In the Heat of the Sun / Yangguang canlan de rizi (China, 1994)
Directed by Jiang Wen.
Already one of China’s biggest stars, Jiang Wen made his impressive directorial debut with this adaptation of hooligan writer Wang Shuo’s coming-of-age tale of the Cultural Revolution. Left behind in Beijing when their parents are ordered to the countryside, Ma Xiaojun, his gang of friends and the older girl they flock around experience the period as a time of youthful freedom. Narrated in flashback, the story’s wry nostalgia distinguishes it from both revolutionary and more harrowing filmic depictions of the era.
Producer: Er Yong, Guo Youliang, An-chin Hsu, Po Ki, Wang Zhang. Based on a novel by Wang Shuo. Screenwriter: Jiang Wen, Wang Shuo. Cinematographer: Gu Changwei. Editor: Zhou Ying. Cast: Xia Yu, Ning Jing, Geng Le, Tao Hong, Jiang Wen.
DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 134 min.
FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!