'Wu Tianming and His Films,' Nov. 13

by Michelle Saport  |   

Friday, Nov. 13, 4-8 p.m. Rasmuson Hall, Room 110

Enjoy a movie, lecture and free Chinese food at this event. Watch the "The King of Masks" and hear a lecture about the film and its director by Professor Tan Ye.

About the film: Wu Tianming is a famous Chinese film director and producer. In 1995, Wu filmed "The King of Masks," which was internationally acclaimed and awarded Best Director and Best Actor at the 1996 Tokyo International Film Festival. The film tells the story of Wang Bianlian, an aging street performer known as the "King of Masks" for his mastery of Sichuan face-changing (biàn liǎn in Chinese).

About the speaker: Professor Tan Ye is professor of comparative theater and director of the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina. He studied Shakespeare under Northrop Frye at the University of Toronto and received his Ph.D. in comparative theater from the University of Washington. Since 1995, Professor Ye has lectured at Tsinghua University, Peking University, National Taiwan University, Yale University, Harvard University and many other academic institutes. As art consultant, screenplay consultant, translator or assistant director, Professor Ye was involved in the making of nine Chinese features and documentary films.

Presented by the UAA Confucius Institute.

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