For fans of Asian cinema in Orange County, there will be a free screening of the Taiwanese film Winds of September (Mandarin title: 九降風 jiu jiang feng) this Saturday, April 2nd. You can view the trailer on YouTube here. The screening will also have a follow up Q&A session with lead actor Chang Chieh.
WINDS OF SEPTEMBER (2008) is a coming-of-age movie about a group of seven high school students set in 1996. The boys drink beer, smoke, and ride motorbikes–much typical of teenagers in their youth. The film parallels their struggles as graduation approaches with emerging scandals in professional baseball. It explores the nature of their friendships and how they change through time. Starring new and emerging talent Rhydian VAUGHAN (MONGA), WANG Bo-Chieh (BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS), and CHANG Chieh (ME, 19). The film also features a guest appearance by the famed Cantonese director, actor, and producer Eric TSANG (TSANG Chi Wai).
WINDS OF SEPTEMBER won Best Film at the Asian New Talent Awards of the 11th Shanghai International Film Festival in 2008, and was also nominated for the Taipei Award at the 10th Taipei Film Festival. It was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, and Pusan International Film Festival all in 2008 as well. WINDS OF SEPTEMBER is director and co-writer Tom LIN (LIN Shu Yu)’s first feature film. Lin is an alumni from CalArts, and his thesis film THE PAIN OF OTHERS was nominated for a Golden Horse Award in Taiwan in 2005.
Language: Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles
Runtime: 107 minutes.
Venue: UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 100 (Parking is closest at the Student Center parking structure on West Peltason and Pereira Drive)
Date: April 2nd 2011, Saturday
Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, film begins at 6:20pm
Followed by web Q&A with lead actor CHANG Chieh.