January 31, 2013 · 6:30 PM
This location is shown only to members
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.