The Peach Blossom Land (Stan Lai, Taiwan, 1992) w/director in person

  • January 31, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Note: Showtime is 7 p.m.  Running time is 105 minutes.  Tickets are $5.50 for BAM/PFA members and Cal students, $9.50 general, and $6.50 for the disabled, youths 17 and under, non-Cal students, and seniors 65 and over, available at the BAM/PFA Web site.  No food or drink allowed in the auditorium.  We'll meet in the lobby beforehand.

“The Peach Blossom Land” is the film adaptation of Stan Lai's 1986 stage play "Secret Love for the Peach Blossom Spring." Credited with sparking a resurgence of Taiwanese theater, Lai is well known for combining modern themes with classical Chinese stories.  Lai will appear in person for a Q&A after the film, introduced by Sophie Volpp, associate professor of comparative literature and East Asian languages and culture at UC Berkeley.

In “Peach Blossom,” two drama troupes are forced to share a rehearsal space by coincidence -- one staging a modern romance and the other a classic comedy. The movie weaves between genres and eras, and highlights the contrast created by both to explore a common theme.

The cast is mostly drawn from Lai’s The Performance Workshop and stars Brigitte Lin.  "Peach Blossom" was also Taiwan's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 65th annual Academy Awards. The film features acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle, whose work includes "In the Mood for Love," "Hero" and too many others to name -- just check out the link. He is a legend and all-around interesting character.

I want to invite everyone to come and join us for dinner before the movie. It might be early for some, especially if everyone has to travel to the East Bay after work. Since the location is at UC Berkeley, there's plenty of fast, convenient food in area; we can grab a quick bite before. One of my favorite eateries nearby is of course is Top Dogs, about one block away. We can grab some hot dogs and talk movies on the streets like college kids. Or we can discuss food options in the comments section.

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  • Albert

    The director's perspective after the movie was wonderful. It really added another dimension and appreciation to the movie.

    February 2, 2013

  • John

    Enjoyed meeting the group at the PFA. Thanks for organizing, Andy.

    February 1, 2013

  • Barbara S.

    Amazing movie! Wonderful talk with director....This was my first time at the Red Lantern meet-up and I loved it!

    February 1, 2013

  • Andy

    I'm looking forward to meeting you all. Since we have so many people RSVP'd already, i guess its good time to start a discussion about food. What are people's time/schedules look like? If we can get enough people to show up earlier, we can plan some diner. Or instead, if it is too hard for everyone to show up before, maybe we can do a later diner after show, as long as people wont get hungry. There are plenty of places within walking distance that are open near the Berkeley campus. I'm pretty free on the day, so I can work the majority's free time. And like i said, I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!

    January 23, 2013

    • Lucy

      Hello Andy, thanks so much for hosting this meetup. I'm not able to change my work schedule to get me to Berkeley in time for dinner before the movie.

      Looks like there's a Q&A after the film, so the event itself will be ending no earlier than 9:30 pm. I believe I could stay after that for dinner, but we'd have to find a place in Berkeley that stays open past 10 pm. I'm sure you've considered all this already on your own!

      January 25, 2013

    • Lucy

      Sadly, I had to cancel for tonight. Ignore the above, Andy. I'll need a report back from you guys on this one next time I see you. It'll be great a great event....

      January 31, 2013

  • Andy

    Looks like the few comments we have involving food, is for after. So Let's discuss a late diner after movie. I look forward to meeting all of you. I will be the 6'2" asian guy. See you all there tomorrow night at 6:30.

    January 30, 2013

  • John

    I prefer eating after the movie.

    January 24, 2013

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