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Masters of Asian Cinema: Yasujiro Ozu and Hou Hsiao-hsien

February 19, 2010 - February 20, 2010

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That Night’s Wife, February 19
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This miniseries brings together a rare early work by Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu and a modern classic by Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien, often acknowledged as an artistic heir to Ozu. The films are presented in conjunction with the conference Relocating Ozu: The Question of an Asian Cinematic Vernacular, organized by the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Studies at UC Berkeley. The conference will bring together a dynamic group of international scholars to reassess Ozu’s work in its wider relation to inter- and postwar colonial and urban modernities in East Asia. For information, please visit ieas.berkeley.edu/events/ccs.html.

Friday, February 19, 2010
7:00 p.m. That Night’s Wife
Yasujiro Ozu (Japan, 1930). Judith Rosenberg on piano. Ozu tweaks the conventions of the American-style crime melodrama even as he employs them in this rarely screened thriller. (67 mins)

Saturday, February 20, 2010
8:00 p.m. A City of Sadness
Hou Hsiao-hsien (Taiwan, 1989). A family lives through Taiwan’s independence from Japan, and later political crackdown, in Hou’s masterpiece, starring Hong Kong superstar Tony Leung. “One of the supreme masterworks of contemporary cinema.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum (158 mins)