North American Premiere
Director: Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan. Producer: Pang Ho-cheung, Subi Liang. Screenwriter: Derek Tsang, Jimmy Wan, Zhang Youyou, Kuk Yuk. Cinematographer: Charlie Lam. Production Designer: Jeffrey Kong. Editor: Wenders Li. Composer: Alan Wong, Subyub Lee, Tom Lee. Cast: Zhang Jingchu, Shawn Yue, Chu Yue-sun, Yoga Lin, Lawrence Chou.
One morning a Hong Kong boy and a Mainland girl wake up in each other’s arms in the “Bed and Bath” section of a deserted high-end Beijing department store – without any idea of how they got there. They had drunk a lot the night before and now will spend the rest of the movie desperately trying to figure out what happened – retracing their steps, chasing down where the car was parked and where the bag of money was stowed, forced to bring a very unusual “pet” to the Nativity set of a Chinese film called O MARY JANE, while having flashbacks at inopportune moments. This charmingly madcap rom-com maps a Beijing according to its young and texting generation. – Bérénice Reynaud
HDCAM, color, Mandarin with English subtitles, 96 min.
In person: Derek Tsang
SHANGHAI STRANGERS 2012
Director/Screenwriter: Joan Chen. Producer: Alexi Tan. Cinematographer: Florian J.E. Zinke. Production Designer: Pan Lei. Editor: Mary Stephen, Ruby Yang. Sound: Zhao Ying, Yin Jie. Composer: Daniel Belardinelli. Cast: Jiang Yiyan, Teo Yoo, Wang Yong, Arran Hawkins, Zhang Haoxing.
Christmas eve. A woman meets a foreigner. Memories spark of a romance born of another brief encounter – between a recent Shanghai riven by SARS and the city’s forgotten Jewish past. With this internet “micro-movie,” Joan Chen returns to directing for the first time in 12 years, weaving a delicate tale of love, loss and remembrance in her beloved hometown of Shanghai. – Cheng-Sim Lim
HDCAM, color, Mandarin and English with English subtitles, 24 min.
UCLA Film & Television Archive
Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard (at the intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024
$10 online. $9 general admission, $8 for non-UCLA students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required) if purchased at the box office only. Free admission for UCLA students (current ID required); free tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office until 15 minutes before showtime, or the rush line afterwards. Online tickets available at www.cinema.ucla.edu/calendar; click on the individual program.
Museum parking lot; enter from Westwood Blvd, just north of Wilshire. $3 flat rate after 6:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays and all day on weekends.
Information: www.cinema.ucla.edu, 310.206.8013
UCLA Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024