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Film Art Set in Times of Chaos: Chinese Martial Arts Films

March 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Speakers: Richard Peña, Jim Zhang, Annette Juliano, Morris Rossabi, Raymond Tsang
Per Screening: Free for all Members/$5 Non-Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This five-week film series is dedicated to classics of wuxia, China’s heroic stories of martial arts and swordplay, and accompanies China Institute’s exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries. Directed by guiding lights of Chinese cinema — King Hu, Zhang Yimou, John Woo, Feng Xiaogang, and Tsui Hark – each film is set in a different dynastic period, during a time of chaos marked by immense change. The screenings will be introduced by a distinguished scholar and will feature accompanying contextual materials written by series curator Nancy Jervis.

For questions or to register by phone, please contact Aaron Nicholson at 212-744-8181 ext. 138 or by email at [email protected]

Once Upon a Time in China

Directed by Tsui Hark (1991)
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Introduced by Raymond Tsang, Doctoral Candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University.

A distinctive update of a renowned tale: the life of the great physician and martial artist Wong Fei Hung (1847-1924). Set in the latter years of Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912), the film depicts the crime-ridden and semi-colonialized city of Guangdong. Register Now!

This film series is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant, with additional support from the Confucius Institute at China Institute.



March 16, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


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40 Rector Street
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