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The Village of No Return
November 11, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM$10
UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Taiwan Academy in Los Angeles present What Time Is It There? Taiwanese Film Biennial
THE VILLAGE OF NO RETURN (Taiwan/China, 2017)
Directed by Chen Yu-Hsun
Los Angeles premiere!
A local tyrant plans to frame the inhabitants of the pastoral Desire Village in order to take over their land. But a scruffy traveling priest arrives bearing a magical, proto-cinematic device that allows people to forget their painful memories. Then, as the simple minded villagers sink into blissful amnesia, a roving band of guerrilla fighters strikes. Can the downtrodden yet resourceful and clever Autumn (played by Shu Qi, star of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin) save her fellow villagers? Chen Yu-Hsun’s frenetic costume drama is the latest example of the Lunar New Year’s comedy, an annual commercial genre designed to span the Taiwan, Hong Kong and China markets during the holiday season.
Director: Chen Yu-Hsun. Producer: Lee Lieh, Yeh Jufeng. Screenwriter: Chen Yu-Hsun, Chang Yaosheng. Cinematographer: Yao Hung-I. Editor: Cheung Ka-Fai, Jerry Kao. Cast: Shu Qi, Wang Qianyuan, Chang Hsiao-Chuan, Lin Mei-Hsiu, Eric Tsang, Ku Pao-Ming, Tony Yang.
DCP, color, in Mandarin with English subtitles, 116 min.
FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.