Taiwan Film Festival at the Chapman University in Orange County, CA

Date: November 19 & 20, 2010
Location: Argyros Forum Room 208, Chapman University
Address: 386 N. Center Street, Orange, CA, 92866

The Chapman University’s Center for Global Education, the Wilkinson College for Humanities and Social Sciences, jointed with Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, will hold a Taiwan Film Festival to screen three Taiwan contemporary films (Three Times, Kung Fu Dunk, and Cape No. 7) on November 19th at 7:00 pm, November 20th at 5:00pm and November 20th at 8:00pm respectively at the Chapman campus. The screening is FREE and open to the public.

ABOUT Three Times (November 19th at 7pm)
From renowned Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien. Three Times interlocks three distinct love stories, “A Time for Freedom” in 1911, “A Time for Love” in 1966, and “A Time for Youth” in 2005. It chronicles the shift in technology from love letters to text messages, from societal restrictions to the ways we isolate ourselves from each other today.

Hou has been hailed as “one of the three directors most crucial to the future of cinema” and honored by Film Comment as “Director of the Decade.” This is a rare opportunity for western audiences to see his meticulous, rapturously beautiful style on the big screen.

ABOUT Kung Fu Dunk (November 20th at 5pm)
The film, Kung Fu Dunk, portrays an orphaned boy who was raised at a kung fu school, learned the art of kung fu well and later becomes a talented basketball player. The youngster, Shi-Jie (Jay Chou, a talented Taiwanese singer-actor), possesses extraordinary manual dexterity which impresses his Uncle Li (Eric Tsang), a down-and-out hustler. On the pretext of helping Shi-Jie search for his parents, Li invites him to play basketball for First University, but in reality Li has intentions of using him to make money. How Shi-Jie deals with turning the competition into victory and winning his love interest, Li-Li (Charlene Choi) makes this an entertaining movie for the whole family.

ABOUT Cape No.7 (November 20th at 8pm)
Cape No. 7 is the largest production in Taiwanese film history and holds the position as the second highest grossing film of all time in Taiwan, only behind Titanic. It is a film about the unwavering pursuits for music, dreams and love and provides a lavish presentation of South Taiwan’s breathtaking scenery through its top-notch cinematography.

Director Wei, a former assistant director under the legendary Edward Yang, has exquisitely portrays a hidden love from the 1940’s Japanese-occupied Taiwan. Unable to disclose his affection for a Taiwanese lady prior to returning to Japan, a Japanese teacher reveals his love in seven unforgettably passionate letters. Although these letters weren’t mailed until some 70 years later, they ignite a series of events and become a catalyst of another inter-cultural love affair.

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