East Asian Cinemas Symposium & Series: Double Feature: "Forget Love for Now," & "Spring in a Small Town"
Fri, February 12, 2010 • 2:00 PM • WEL 2.256
"Forget Love for Now" (Koi mo wasurete, dir. Shimizu Hiroshi, JAPAN, 1937)
.In a port town, a single mother supports her son by working evenings at a drinking establishment, but he is bullied at school because of it. Then one night, her female boss orders her to entertain a foreigner...
"Spring in a Small Town" (Xiao cheng zhi chun, dir. Fei Mu, CHINA, 1948)
Taking place in a ruined family compound after the war, the film tells the story of the once prosperous Dai family. The husband and patriarch, Dai Liyan is an invalid, and spends his days in the courtyard nostalgic for the past. His marriage to Zhou Yuwen has long been rendered loveless, though both still feel concern for the other. Liyan's young teenage sister Dai Xiu, meanwhile, is too young to remember the past, and stays cheerful and playful in the ruins of her home.
Into this dreary but unchanging existence comes Liyan's childhood friend Zhang Zhichen, a doctor from Shanghai and a former flame of Zhou Yuwen before she ever met her husband. The rest of the film details Zhou Yuwen's conflicting emotions between her love for Zhang, and her loyalty to her husband and his family.
The film series (Fridays, Feb. 5th through March 5th) is part of the upcoming two-day East Asian Cinemas Symposium (March 6th and 7th) bringing together scholars working on the national cinemas of China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.
All films subtitled and all events free and open to the public.