This Wednesday thru Friday, if you’re in Beijing, you shouldn’t miss the best of the “model operas,” The Red Detachment of Women (红色娘子军). Playing for three nights only at Poly Plaza.
It’s called a model opera, but it’s actually a ballet. The eight model operas were, during the height of the cultural revolution, the only artistic performances allowed. Five operas, two ballets, and a single symphony, all of them micro-controlled by Mao’s psychopathic wife, Jiang Qing. Continue reading “Red Detachment of Awesome”
In the last few weeks, we’ve brought you 1950s girl basketball melodramas, 1940s street urchin black comedies, and saucy 1920s road worker flicks. This week, though, we’ve got something entirely different: a fantastic pre-liberation pre-code comedy!
“SCENES OF CITY LIFE” (都市风光) FREE! This Tuesday, Jan 25th at 7pm
It’s rapid-fire, like a Preston Sturges screwball comedy. It’s curious and quirky and musical, like one of Jacques Tati’s Hulot films. And, unlike either of these, this gives you a chance to see Jiang Qing, the fiendish actress who would later become Madame Mao:
From the director of STREET ANGEL, this is a ONE-NIGHT ONLY affair. Reserve your free seats today by contacting Fiona Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Tuesday night is gonna be an exciting one at Jianghu — join us (The World of Chinese, that is!) as we welcome freezing January with Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (女篮五号), a fantastically warming 1957 sports adventure, directed by the legendary Xie Jin. It’s got girls, rivalry, action, basketball, crushes, and even accordion singalongs. (Oh, we’ll be singing!)
Best yet, the bad guys are slanderously fiendish Americans, hurling abuse across the basketball court.
Don’t miss this fun, fast, and feisty feature — it’s a Chinese Douglas Sirk, a Socialist Karate Kid, featuring original subtitles and cheap cocktails in a classic Beijing siheyuan courtyard setting.
It doesn’t get much more awesome than this!
Woman Basketball Player No. 5 (女篮五号) Tues Jan 11th FREE ADMISSION. Doors at 7pm, movie at 7:30.
The World of Chinese Movies @ Jianghu Jiuba 7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Beijing, 江湖酒吧, 北京交道口南大街东棉花胡同7号 6401-4611 / map: http://www.tinyurl.com/sanmao
Chinese movie night at Jianghu Jiuba continues this week with last year’s incredible Cow (斗牛, Dou Niu), an hilarious black comedy set in the mountains of Shandong. It’s the simple and possibly true story of a poor peasant boy, a snarky dead girl, and a monstrously large overseas cow.
“Brilliant!… A tour-de-force…” Variety Winner, Best Actor + Best Adapted Screenplay at the 46th Golden Horse Awards In Competition, Horizons, 66th Venice Film Festival
Cow (斗牛） Mon Dec 13 @ 7:30pm, FREE Jianghu Jiuba Bar, 7 Dongmianhua Hutong (1/2 block east of the used DVD shop on Nanluoguxiang) map: http://www.tinyurl.com/sanmao
Starring Huang Bo (“Crazy Stone”) and directed by Guan Hu (“Dirt”).
Two weeks ago, we showed “The Winter of Sanmao” to a packed house at Jianghu Jiuba. It was incredible. I got a little tipsy, and CCTV published threehard-hittingstories. (“Laughter was waged,” they wrote. “Outside, wind just started to moan. Inside, it was common to hear people laughing!” Oh, and my introduction to the film? “Full of satirical humor and surging passion.” Now that’s an event!)
Well, if you were there — and especially if you weren’t — you really won’t want to miss Tuesday’s movie, “Street Angel” (马路天使, Mǎlù Tiānshǐ). It’s romantic, sexy, funny, and was the debut appearance of the siren of Shanghai, Miss Zhou Xuan. It tells the story of two Shanghai runaway sisters. Meimei is bright-eyed and full of life. Jiejie is a hard-edged prostitute. But little does poor Meimei know what’s in store for her! Enter Zhao Dan, the George Clooney of his time, to win hearts and save the day. If only he was a little less… well… I’ll save it for Tuesday night!
Sexy songs that became a city’s anthems. Sexy stars that won a country. Wild visions and real footage of pre-liberation Shanghai. An ending that’ll just crush you. All this, and discount drinks and free admission too!
Street Angel (in Chinese with English subtitles) Tuesday Nov 9th at 7:30pm (movie starts at 8pm) Jianghu Jiuba, 7 Dongmianhua Hutong (1/2 block east of the dusty old used DVD shop on Nanluogu Xiang — map: http://tinyurl.com/sanmao ) Nearest subway: Exit A, Zhangzizhonglu station, Line 5
Call me if you have any trouble finding it — 135-5261-0328.